El Paso: No Mas Violencia Training
David Balyeat and Richard Gomez learned the trade of being peace makers going into the stands of the hostile stadiums of pro soccer in Argentina. As followers of Jesus they took the message of No Mas Violencia (No More Violence) right to where the violence was happening.
One lesson I learned from these men of faith is that you cannot confront evil and violence at a distance.
The presence of God shows up when we show up
The volunteers who joined their cause to stamp out the violence in the stands learned to run toward the violence instead of away. It is hard to be a peace maker at a safe distance.
In their presentation, David challenged us to believe–to believe the first words of the Great Commission:
All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me–therefore go make disciples of all nations….
In other words, where Satan and the forces of darkness are on the march–they are there without rightful authority. In the name of Jesus we called to be the peace makers and to take the land that is already ours.
David and Richard believed God would bring peace to the stadiums of Argentina and He did–now they believe God can bring peace to the streets of Juarez and all along the border and I join them in believing He will–by His authority.
We must never forget who really calls the shots!