República de Gozo Baja Beach Festival 2017
September 18th, 2017- For immediate release.
In the month of September of 2017, the República de Gozo Baja Beach Festival took place in the city of Playas de Rosarito (also known as Rosarito Beach) in Baja California, Mexico.
The project was a collaborative initiative between the JA Pérez Association and the Luis Palau Next Generation Alliance, in partnership with the local churches and the following organizations: Georgina Verzal Ministries, LifeLight Global, On The Go Ministries, Rock Of Ages Festival, Walking on Water, VII Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, CNR Televisión Estatal, DIF Baja California, 911 Emergencias, Policía Federal, Instituto del Deporte y la Cultura, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Secretaría de Salud del Estado de Baja California, Procuraduría General de la República, Fundación Manos Unidas por Rosarito, A.C., PGJE Baja California, ICBC, D.A.R.E., Ciel™, Powerade™, Red Binacional de Corazones, CEART Rosarito, Industria Mexicana de CocaCola™, among others.
This Rosarito Beach evangelistic / humanitarian effort started months before, when local pastors united to pray for the city and in the process invited the JA Pérez Association to come bring the festival project to the city.
During the months of July and August, the Pérez team held a citywide School of Creative Evangelism that included 8 weeks of training with the City Transformation™ books and manuals. These trained nationals were equipped, not only on personal evangelism, but also with the Disciple 3.0 program. To later develop the follow up program with all the new believers that would come to Christ during the several evangelistic outreaches taking place at different zones of the city and during the two-day festival.
Extend The Impact Conference
On September 6th and 7th, a team of Next Generation Alliance evangelists arrived at Rosarito Beach for the Extend The Impact conference. Dedicated to reach out to national evangelists and evangelistic ministries, presenting them the urgency to develop relevant models to reach their cities and neighborhoods. The conference theme was: “The future of evangelism and missions in a new Latin America”.
The conference has several sessions and a panel discussion with the following objectives:
- Hear from leaders from different backgrounds and evangelistic world views
- Discuss the future of evangelism and missions in a new Latin America with rapid political and economical changes
- Discover opportunities to collaborate and network with Mexican ministries
- How to take advantage of the Baja Beach Festival to create future follow up events for NGA members that would like to visit the city and serve in smaller capacities / projects
Speaking at the conferences were: Evangelists Dr. Jaime Mirón, Georgina Verzal, Alan Greene, Keith Cook, Jock Moore, Ray Centanni, Mark Johnston and Ricky Halley.
School of Creative Evangelism™ Graduation
Thursday night (the night before the festival) the School of Evangelism graduated 297 students. The visiting evangelists shared short inspiring messages with the new graduates, preparing them for the harvest ahead, and closing with an orientation and prayer.
Friday morning (on the 8th) the festival started. The event would go on from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on both days (Friday and Saturday).
On both days, tents with medical doctors (covering a number of practices and needs), dentists, family counselors, workshops for family, women, single mothers, youth, prayer teams, and help for addictions, served the hundreds of locals that came to the venue.
The team of nationals that were equipped during the previous 8 weeks served alongside the evangelists that came from the U.S. and other cities in Mexico.
At the same time, a children’s tent and an extreme sports area ministered to the different generations.
At 3:00 pm on both days, the cultural exchange took place on the main platform with presentations from local and regional artists and folklore. The program also included music from groups and musicians traveling from other parts of the country. At different times during the cultural exchange evangelists presented the message of the gospel to the changing audiences, calling people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
These messages were short and relevant to the present generation, and many came to Christ.
Not only on the main platform was this calling performed. Also at every tent and every area of the venue during the day.
As a result, 1,007 nationals came to faith in Christ and were assimilated into the Disciple 3.0 follow up program, already introduced to the different zones that will be operating in the city for the next 12 weeks while these new believers are integrated to the churches, and cared for in all areas of specific needs they might have.
At the festival venue, both days concluded with a concert.
In Rosarito Beach we were blessed to have international artist Ricky Halley from Venezuela, ministering in music at different times during the program, and Christafari from Los Angeles, closing both nights with a different concert presentation each night.
We give God all the glory and the credit for everything that has happened in the city of Rosarito Beach. The churches are empowered to continue to extend this culture of evangelism to the neighboring cities. There is great joy and unity among the churches. This has been a unique festival experience, not only to the nationals, but also to the team.
Please, continue to pray for all the new believers and their families, and for the body of Christ in Rosarito Beach, as they continue to do the work of making disciples.