Jose, Geovanny, Marcos, Marlene, Pedro, Roberto, Fabiola, and Patricia...I could add many more names to the list above. Their level of commitment and faith is exemplary. They are the ones God is using to turn South America into a truly Christian continent. Their holidays are spent not at the park on picnics, but out in the barrios or in neighboring towns evangelizing the lost. They are my heroes too.
These are the names of some of my new heroes in the faith that I have met this past week in Ecuador. These men and women are everyday people…painters, taxi cab drivers, a mechanics, and house wives. They are all actively doing the things of Jesus. They have been a part of planting well over 100 churches, but they aren’t counting. They face constant danger from the world and criticism from the “traditional” church, yet they endure and press on focusing on the harvest. They live a lifestyle of proclaiming the gospel, yet they demonstrate the gospel with love. They disciple/teach new believers, yet they don’t lord over. They baptize. They equip. They get very little applause and praise. No one is writing dissertations on their ministries. They aren’t getting paid money for their Kingdom work. They are my new heroes in the faith. I was honored to sit at their feet for 8 days and learn. I pray that some of their life will rub off on me.
Thursday, July 12
A fellow missionary friend of mine recently posted on his blog He Must Increase the following words which I wholeheartedly endorse about some of the true heroes of the faith he and the others met on their recent volunteer trip to Ecuador...