'33 World's Fair
The following article was
written by Don Spiers for the Abundant Life magazine.
With their machetes they cut out A
Road for the Gospel
By Don Spiers
to maneuver the great Cathedral Cruiser around the endless hairpin turns
and over the narrow bridges that lead to the little village of Santa
Juana, Mexico. About 1,000 souls live in this little town some 15 miles
off the main highway. We had delayed our coming to Santa Juana because
recent heavy rains had made it almost impossible to reach the village.
Suddenly, within four miles of the village, we saw that the rains had left
a huge mudhole in the approach to a little wooden bridge.
we sent word to the village, telling the people we would not be able to
come until the weather was better. Then we turned the Cruiser around and
started to our next meeting. We had not gone far when a group of men on
horses and bicycles caught up with us. They begged us to go back and try
to cross the mudhole. We told them it was impossible. Then they pulled out
their machetes and began to hack a road through the underbrush to permit
us to bypass the mudhole. So great was the desire of these men to get us
through to their village that some had tears in their eyes as they battled
through the thicket.
scene touch us deeply. The Cruiser was not bringing medical supplies,
doctors, nurses or food, but the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth – the complete gospel which would save their souls, heal their
sick bodies and feed their hungry hearts.
began to get dark, so we called off the work and told the men we would
return the following day. When we returned early the next morning, the men
had already cleared a wise, new avenue for us and we easily reached Santa
Juana. Although it was still morning, there was a group of about 50 people
present who insisted that we hold a service right then and there.
is just one example of the reception and hunger of the Mexican people for
the good news the Vida Abundante Cathedral Cruiser brings.
GOD HEALS IN
had brought several sick persons. Being led along in the distance at the
rear of the crowd was a young man who was demon possessed. As he
approached us, he was thrown down in a violent fit and could scarcely be
carried by several men. When we prayed for him in the midday service, he
was delivered by the mighty power of God, just as "Legion" had
been delivered in the Bible. When you are confronted with the pitiful
needs of the people in the mission field, you become poignantly aware of
your duty to present to them a powerful god. None other will do.
evening almost the entire population turned out for the service. The power
and anointing of the Holy Spirit rested heavily upon the meeting. The
people eagerly watched on of the films showing Oral Roberts conducting a
crusade service and preaching to them, not in English, but in their own
woman brought her son to be prayed for. It looked as if death was upon the
boy. His body was cold and lifeless and his eyes were covered with a thin,
white film. However, I detected a heartbeat and breathing. In answer to
prayer, he was completely healed. The following night the mother brought
the child back to service, in perfect health. She testified of her great
gratitude to God for healing her son. The youth who had been delivered
from demon possession also faithfully attended the remaining services.
minister for a neighboring village, who works with these people, reports
now that any meeting place he can find is immediately filled to
overflowing and that he is urgently trying to build a large shelter to
handle the huge crowds.
started for Llera, 40 tortuous miles away. Although we reached this
community late in the afternoon, we were able to located the mayor and
receive permission to hold a meeting. Usually, the two consecrated,
faithful Mexican nationals who work with me, Arturo Gutierrez and Jorge
Galvan, go ahead of the Cruiser to get official permission to hold
services. They organize the Christians of the village and announce the
coming meeting. They are invaluable in the services as they also pray for
the sick and counsel with the people. But this time no advance work had
IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE
the same, we set up on the public square. We opened the sides of the
Cruiser which make the pulpit and platform on wheels. As the big
floodlights were raised to give us light, the people started surging
toward the Cruiser to see what this strange sight was. Soon we were
surrounded by a great crowd of Mexican men, women, boys and girls. Then we
began to life our voice in song. Even thought it was cold, God gave us a
powerful service with many conversions. As they came forward for
salvation, tears were streaming down their faces.
the healing evidenced was that of an elderly woman who was almost 90 years
old. She had been totally blind in both eyes for some time. After prayer,
she cried out, "I see the bus!" meaning the Cruiser.
dealing extensively with the authorities in Ciudad Victoria, we were able
to secure permission to hold meetings in this capital city of the State of
Tampaulipas. The city has a population of 50,000. It is quite spread out
and there is no public transportation at night. In spite of these
handicaps, the Lord gave us wonderful services.
of the wealthiest and most influential women of the city was sick in bed
in a house across the street from where we were holding the meeting.
Hearing the messages, she sent for us to come and pray for her. The
following night she was present in the service and testified to her
mother who had brought her little daughter to have her appendix removed in
the hospital in Victoria testified that the child was healed after prayer.
She followed us thirty miles to our next meeting to testify of the
was accomplished for the kingdom of God when we visited the sugar-cane
city of Xicotencatl. The pastor who was with us in the meetings there
reports that many new souls are in his services as a result of the
meeting. He says there is much "joy and shouting" among the
people as they tell how God blest them.
A RAP ON THE DOOR AT NIGHT
Cathedral Cruiser is well equipped and has comfortable, modern living
quarters in the rear. So we are always at home. One night we had parked
the Cruiser beside the road for the night. I heard a knock at the door.
Being deep in the interior of Mexico, and at night, I was a little
hesitant to open the door to strangers. However, when I did open it, a
Mexican woman stood there. She had one hand hidden behind her back. I did
not know whether she had a weapon in her hand to kill me or what.
I said, "This is not a bus. I’m sorry, but you cannot ride."
replied, "Yes, I know this not a bus. I have heard who you are. I
have come for you to pray for me. I am very sick."
gladly prayed for the woman and she apparently received help. A smile
broke upon her face and she said she felt better. As I watched her
disappear into the Mexican night, her steps seemed lighter, her shoulders
straighter. She was overjoyed that the Vida Abundante Cruiser had passed
6,496 DECISIONS FOR CHRIST
These represent a few of the many similar incidents
that took place on the six-month trip of the Cathedral Cruiser as it toured
from village to village in Old Mexico, taking the message of Christ and
his power to save.
these short months, at least 70,000 people attended the more than 100
evangelistic meetings which we held. They saw the Oral Roberts Spanish
films and heard the message that God is a good God, that he is
all-powerful and able to save their souls and heal their bodies. There
were 6,496 decisions for Christ.
people were not left with empty hands. We distributed over one and a half
million pieces of attractively prepared, Spanish gospel literature. The
people were hungry for the reading material, and the demand for it was
great. The pamphlets, tracts and magazines were distributed in the
meetings as well as throughout the villages and cities through which we
past six months have been victorious ones for the Cruiser and its team.
Had it not passed their way, thousands of souls would still be wandering
in the darkness of sin, never heaving heard the message of salvation. Many
sick and suffering would still be carrying their afflictions. Maybe some
would have already passed into eternity.
we went the people begged us to stay longer and to return. Through the
grace of God, the Cruiser, with its abundant life message, will pass the
way of thousands of other hungry souls who are still waiting and longing
to hear the wonderful words of life.