The History of Mario Murillo Ministries is the story of tenacity and grit in the face of impossibilities. We have preached during campus riots. We have faced bomb threats. We have had cults show up to disrupt our gatherings. No matter what, we have gone ahead, and finished what we started.
Earlier this year, you may remember, even with excruciating pain in my spine, I went ahead and preached 6 nights in our tent in the inner city of Las Vegas. I simply would not quit.
Anyone who knows me, knows I do not quit. If there is an event where souls are going to be reached and there is adversity I will not cancel. That is why I am shocked at myself at what I am about to tell you: we must postpone our tent crusades in Houston and in San Antonio. And, it makes me angry, with divine anger to cancel. These were two amazing opportunities. It is killing me to delay them.
1 Thessalonians 2:18 says, “Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.” There it is! Satan hindered us. Notice that Paul did not tell the Thessalonians what Satan had done to hinder them. He must have had his reasons.
Like Paul, I cannot tell my reasons at this time either. I know that when the time is right I will tell you.
However, this attack should come as no surprise to anyone who is watching the flood of mob mentality, the deep division, hatred, betrayal, and lukewarm faith that are rampant across America.
More than anything, I need you to believe me…we would never make a decision like this lightly. It is critical because we are going to be criticized for cancelling. Again, I quote Paul the Apostle in the Message Bible translation:
Paul said, “Confident of your welcome, I had originally planned two great visits with you—coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip. Then we could have had a bon-voyage party as you sent me off to Judea. That was the plan. Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth—a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his. Our word to you wasn’t a careless yes canceled by an indifferent no.” 2 Corinthians 1:15-19 MSG
The tent, chairs and mountains of equipment were ready. The trucks were ready. The sites were locked in. Everything was in place. We invested thousands of dollars. We were moving an army to Houston and San Antonio. Then this crisis struck.
What breaks my heart, is not just the souls we could have reached, but the amazing core of volunteers that worked so hard to help us. I commend you all for demonstrating the real love of Jesus. Please don’t give up!
This is not over! We will see these outreaches. The devil will pay—brutally pay for this attack. God bless you for hanging in there with me. As soon as I can, I will tell you more. Until then I need you to storm heaven in prayer for us.