Tuesday, September 18

Ecuador missionaries commissioned to the USA

I never thought I would live to see the day when we would actually commission missionaries from Ecuador to go to the USA. Yet this is exactly what took place yesterday, Monday, as Roberto and Nancy left Ecuador for the United States of America.

Roberto and Nancy Aveiga have been with us for several years. His own testimony relates that he was a discouraged pastor of a tiny church, not having a clue what to do, or how to do ministry. He came to one of our church planting seminars three years ago and has been with us ever since. Roberto and Nancy have pastored churches, planted new works, participated in our TE programs, discipled and baptized new believers, trained pastors of their denomination with materials they have learned from us, and now sensing God's call as missionaries to a distant, foreign land--the USA!

After praying, conversing and counseling with Roberto and Nancy, we feel it is no coincidence that on their FIRST ATTEMPT to obtain the coveted residential/work visas to the USA that millions around the world are desperately trying to obtain, they were not only accepted, but their ENTIRE FAMILY was approved! God doesn't do things haphazardly. There is no such thing as chance when it comes to Kingdom business. We feel this is a "God thing" that He is clearly leading them to go, make disciples, baptize, and teach as "our" missionaries to the USA (Connecticut.)

This past Wednesday at their commissioning service, we heard their testimonies about how God has been preparing them for years. And how crucial their time with the house churches has been. Now they feel the Lord leading them into the next chapter of their walk with Him. God is leading them to leave their country, go to what is the third largest nation on the planet--the USA--and be His witnesses to the masses of lost people coming in the northeastern states.

Roberto and Nancy know it will be a tough road. They aren't expecting things to be easy. They have to first learn the English language. They will have to adapt to the strange foreign foods and cultural ways of the "gringos". Since the house churches here can't afford to support someone living in the USA, they will have to find jobs and work as bi-vocational missionaries. They will lose their network of close family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. They will no longer be able to pick up the phone and call us with their questions, needs and concerns. In short, it will be difficult.

Will you pray for Roberto and Nancy? They aren't going for a "better life" or to live the "American dream". They are going to make disciples, baptize, teach, and gather new believers into NT churches. Just what they have been doing for the past three years locally. As I shared in their commissioning service this past Wednesday night, in the OT, only the best was offered to the the Lord in sacrifice at the tabernacle/temple altars. The same holds true today. Our Lord calls out the best amongst us to serve him. We are sorry to lose some of our choicest workers, but are filled with joy that we can share our best with the lost and needy of Connecticut.

May God bless these Ecuadorian missionaries sent out by the Guayaquil house churches for the Glory of God.

9 comments:

In Christ Alone said...

How truly remarkable our God is! I think the Lord knows that North America is desperately in need of missionaries with hearts after His own. May they by His Spirit touch the lives of those they go to with power and grace. My prayers are with this couple.
In Him,

bryan riley said...

Both America and Europe need an influx of faith- and Spirit-filled believers who can break through the materialistic and almost Babylonian-like culture... Praise God for His grace and blessings!

GuyMuse said...

InChristAlone and Bryan,

Thanks for stopping by. Both Roberto and Nancy are stellar examples of Spirit-filled believers who walk closely with the Lord. It is ironic that even though the Gospel was brought to America from Europe, and America brought the Gospel to Latinamerica...the pendulum has swung back the other direction and now Latinamerica is taking the Gospel to Northamerica and Europe!

Alan Knox said...

Can they send more?

-Alan

GuyMuse said...

Alan,

God is beginning to touch the hearts of our people here for the nations. They clearly see themselves as part of God's plan for taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. I don't doubt there will be others headed your way in the coming days.

Strider said...

FANTASTIC! This is great news Guy. And, just to let you know the couple from your town that I told you about are here and have joined our team- Ecuador is taking on Middle Earth as well!

GuyMuse said...

Strider,

Remind me again of who you are talking about from Ecuador there in Middle Earth. Just a quick note will suffice guymuse[at]bigfoot[dot]com. This is indeed exciting news!

Biografías said...

Bendiciones Guy!
En Argentina suele verse con relativa frecuencia esto de enviar misioneros a España. Es que España suele ser algo "hostil" al protestantismo.
Pero lo de ir a misionar a USA es algo realmente inusual.
Pero bien, es el Señor quien entiende de las necesidades de su cuerpo, la Iglesia, y dirige las acciones de ella.
Que Dios bendiga a los Estados Unidos por la gran cantidad de misioneros que envió al mundo. Que Dios bendiga a los misioneros americanos, europeos... y latinos.
Ciertamente, Dios es soberano
Un abrazo
Dany

GuyMuse said...

Dany,

Aqui en Ecuador hay un lindo despertar en cuanto a las misiones a nuestra Judea, Samaria, y ultimos de la tierra. Que Dios siga enviando siervos latinoamericanos donde El quiere colocarlos.