A Short Termers Reflections of Street Kid Ministry in Mexico

October 1 2014

During my time in Mexico City earlier this year, I visited the streets with members of the MEFI team. The first day, Alex, Carmen, (MEFI workers) and I simply went to different groups to say hi to the kids. Up until this point, I had only seen the chavos (nickname for street kids) in the drop-in centre. The streets were a completely different context. It hit me powerfully, like the strong solvents that the kids were inhaling.

The kids were high, dirty, and hungry. It was hard to see, and it broke my heart. Life there was a strange dream. Nothing seemed to matter, societal rules didn’t apply, and change was a foreign concept. But, of course, scooping the kids out of their situation wouldn't transform their hearts. Alex reminded us afterwards that this is why we must pray for them. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can touch them.

The second day, however, was remarkably different. Alex, Chela, and I spent the morning cooking soup and rice (There isn't a better way to learn how to cook Mexican food than from the MEFI staff!). We packed up and brought food to two of the same groups we had seen the day before. This time, we didn't just chat with groups, but we sang praise songs and had a devotional. Oh, my friends, you have never seen such a sight! As we sang on the side of the street, the street kids joined in. Some stood, while others knelt on the pavement. Businessmen walked by and shop owners stood on the other side of the street staring as a group of scruffy street kids, two older Mexicans, and a white girl (me) belted out “You are all-powerful, You are strong, invincible, and there is no one like You.”

Whether or not these kids know Christ as Saviour, it was obvious that the music touched them. There was a joy and a lightness that was not in the same group the day before. As we stood there, I thought, this is who the Gospel is for. This is who Christ welcomes with open arms – the broken, the empty, and the lost. How many times in the Gospels did He reach out and touch those that society did not accept? I think of the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, the lepers, and many more. He filled them with hope, purpose, and life. Talk about a beautiful picture!

That day made me so very thankful for a Gospel that touches even the lowest in society. Please continue to pray for these street kids – that they would know Christ’s love and the hope He offers. Pray that they would recognize that their need for the Saviour can’t be filled or numbed by anything but by giving their lives to him. Pray that God would encourage the MEFI team to continue to serve him well, even when days are emotionally taxing. Praise him for his marvelous works and perfect plans as he continues to work in Mexico City!

By Rebecca, a nursing student in the United Kingdom who spent a month with MEFI.

Why not consider doing the same? If you'd like to participate on a short-term trip ... or even go for longer, contact OMS today at info@onemissionsociety.org.

MEFI exists to...give Mercy to the broken, bring Hope to the lost,

inspire Faith in the forgiven and seek Integration for the forgotten.

Tags: short-term missions, mexico city, street kid ministry

One Mission Stories "After the Show" radio -- Steve Cosslett

June 23 2014

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, June 22) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving as field leader in Mexico and director of MEFI, our street kid ministry.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

Steve shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and donate at the link.

Steve also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. The Mexico field has many long- and short-term opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English, nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.


Everyone has a story ... enjoy Steve's!

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on last night's program.

GO: Do you want to be a missionary, either short- or long-term with OMS? Check out the opportunities, including all the upcoming short-term trips with MFM.

Learn about the Loja (Ecuador) Challenge 2015!

GIVE: If you would like to donate to any OMS ministries, you can do so online.

PRAY: Pray for Steve, his wife Helen, and their three children.

If you would like to pray for other OMS needs, visit our OMS prayer wall.

BOOKS/RESOURCES: You can purchase all OMS books through our OMS store on Amazon or by contacting the OMS World HQ... call or email Barb Sandoz at 317.888.3333, ext. 313, or email bsandoz@onemissionsociety.org.

OMS Outreach magazine was also mentioned on the broadcast. If you'd like to view the magazine, you can see it online here.

To connect your kids to fun mission activities, check out our One Mission Kids website.

If you are interested in attending OMS' International Conference, click here for more information and registration.

INFO: Tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS missionary Scott Murphy, an international regional director for Europe and a missionary serving in Spain. If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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Tags: mexico city, mexico, mefi, street kids, street kid ministry,

​Clinging to the Hope of Heaven

June 19 2014

When our One Mission Society missionaries decide to work in countries around the world, they are not signing up for vacations. Their stories from the mission field are often filled with a mixture of both successes and sadnesses. Oftentimes, the success stories are what keep us going in the midst of the sadness. In Mexico City, where OMS missionaries Steve and Helen Cosslett work with homeless youth, we praise God for each and every victory, but we also remember the tragedies that our missionaries see nearly every day.

Our ministry to street kids in Mexico City is called MEFI. The name is not only an acronym, but a process, which stands for Misericordia (Mercy), Esperanza (Hope), Fe (Faith), and Integración (Integration).

The MEFI website outlines how our missionaries and national coworkers minister to these children with the MEFI process.

“Mercy, underlines our initial contact and the practical help we seek to give the street children/young people, e.g. food, first-aid and shelter. Then we seek to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to these lives, showing them all that it means to be in a relationship with Him, including a hope for the future. If they then decide to embark on a journey with God, their faith will grow as they learn to trust Him and others. Lastly, we desire integration back into society for these street children, so that, in turn they can impact their families (if possible) and other street children by the changes they see in them.”

Unfortunately, when homelessness, jail time, drug addiction, prostitution, and other disheartening circumstances are thrown into the mix, this process turns into more of a roller coaster for the children and youth who meet our missionaries.

Meet Jenni. Jenni has been part of MEFI for about four years. After a life of drugs, she decided in January of this year that she wanted to check in to rehab. Our missionaries took her to the rehab center outside of the city and shared their testimonies. One of the workers who often visited her at the rehab center shared his story of how he conquered his drug addiction with God’s help. After about a month of being in rehab, Jenni went missing. After weeks of searching for her, MEFI recently received a phone call from the morgue saying they had a body that matched Jenni’s description. Their fears from the past weeks were confirmed when workers identified the body as Jenni’s. They were told that she died from cardiac arrest … probably because of her habitual drug abuse over several years.

Since arriving at the drop-in center, Jenni had grown very close to a lot of the workers and had several friends through MEFI. Although her death has given them a reason to mourn, her time at MEFI also has given them a reason to celebrate. With the help of our missionaries, and by the grace of God, Jenni was baptized four years ago. Our missionaries worked closely with Jenni and saw the change that Jesus was making in her life. When the sadness creeps in, they are reminded that Jenni is now pain free in the presence of God.

Praise God with us that, even though we lost Jenni, she was saved. Please pray for MEFI and our missionaries in Mexico City. Pray that this ministry would continue to be “a doorway from the darkness of the street to the dawn of abundant life!”

If you would like more information about MEFI, visit: www.mefi.co

By Christina Franks, OMS Summer Communications Intern

Tags: street kid ministry, street kids, drugs, rehab, transformation, mefi, one mission society

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Steve Cosslett, Mexico

October 25 2013

One Mission Stories "After the Show" -- Steve Cosslett, Mexico

We hope you enjoyed last night's (Sunday, Oct. 27) One Mission Stories, OMS' radio program, featuring OMS UK missionary Steve Cosslett, serving as field leader in Mexico and director of MEFI, our street kid ministry.

Here are our "After the Show" resources to better connect you with things you heard about on the program last night.

If you would like to know more about any of our ministries around the world, please contact us at radio@onemissionsociety.org or connect at www.onemissionsociety.org

Steve shared about MEFI, our street kid ministry and drop-in center in Mexico City. There are an estimated 800,000 street kids in Mexico City. Read more about the ministry, watch the video, and donate at the link above.

Steve also shared about church planting in Mexico City, a city of 40 million people. OMS Mexico is working with the OMS-related UNIFAM denomination of churches. They are using the Train & Multiply training material (in which OMS is a partner), with the goal of planting 2 million house churches by 2025. If you are interested in this type of ministry, check out the opportunities. The Mexico field has many long- and short-term opportunities to serve, including: seminary teaching, teaching English, nursing, eXtreme Walk, sports ministry, working with children in VBS', and other administrative needs.

If you would like to give a gift to any OMS ministries, you can do so online. Just type the ministry name and amount you'd like to give.

If you would like to purchase the book, To India With Love by Esther Close, featured in today's program, you can purchase it on Amazon or by calling OMS at 317.888.3333, ext. 313. 

Would you like to read OMS' magazine, OMS Outreach online? You can subscribe to it here for free.

Please tune in to next week's One Mission Stories to hear the testimony of OMS USA executive director, Joel Silverman.

If you have any questions, you can email us at radio@onemissionsociety.org.

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