I have no idea which population segment in Mexico has received the most thorough introduction to the Gospel of grace, but I would not be surprised if it wouldn’t be the workers at Pemex gas stations.
In Mexico the government owns and controls the production and distribution of gasoline. There is no competition. Every gas station in Mexico is a Pemex gas station, like the one above. (not sure of the source of the photo…I didn’t take it)
Another thing that is true about Pemex gas stations is that you aren’t supposed to pump the gas yourself. There are attendants who do that. They often have to enter a code into the pump’s electronic pad in order to enable pumping. It’s mostly an anti-theft measure to have all these employees, but it’s nice to not ever have to pump your own gas here. It’s not uncommon to overhear my voice in the car when we return to the USA for a visit, “Oh bummer…I have to pump my gas again.” lol
Making the connection to the title of this post, I don’t know about other missionaries, but I’ve given out more tracts at Pemex gas stations than I can remember. The World Cup tracts are the best.
On Saturday I stopped at a local Pemex to fill up and the attendant asked me if I needed anything checked while it filled…air, oil, fluids, etc. I told him, “No, it’s all good, but I have this World Cup schedule for you for free if you’d like it.” I pulled it open so he could see the brackets. He eagerly took it. I then reached over and grabbed about 15 of them and said, “Here, these are for your co-workers.”
What happened next took me by surprise.
Instead of waiting until I drove off and he got a few minutes to pass these along, he left me and my gas-drinking car and went over to every worker at all the pumps and handed them each one of the tracts! He finally came back and gave me three tracts that remained. Is that great or what?
After I paid and was pulling out, an older attendant at the pump ahead of me smiled big and waved at me as he held his World Cup tract in his other hand. Continue praying with us that the Lord will use the Gospel message and the free Bible study offer to help bring many into a saving relationship through Jesus. Who knows? (apart from God, of course)…maybe heaven will have a little section filled with former Pemex workers!