Where is God Sending You??
Being a missionary has so many rewards. Seeing people grow is our paycheck. El Cacao is such a small town. There is a high school, but the few that graduate have a hard time going to university and the thought process of the people questions if education will really help them move forward. They don’t have much hope of ever leaving their village and definitely not their country. They don’t have a world perspective.
Four years ago, I lived in our village of El Cacao for the first time. God told me to hold a youth event and more youth than we were capable of hosting showed up, and praise God, fourteen youth accepted Christ. On this night, a young man that many of you know, Edwin David Romero Martinez, invited Jesus to be his Savior. At that moment, I knew God’s eyes were on the youth of Cacao and I was excited to start discipling them. It is a struggle to see youth from horrible situations try to break their chains and erase the lies, but when they finally do, it is overwhelming.
It is a missionary’s greatest joy to see someone’s journey from accepting Christ to living for Him and then to starting their own ministry. I can imagine Jesus’ delight when he for the first time sent out His disciples. “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:1-2. And then Jesus sends out the seventy-two. “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Luke 10:17. What pride Jesus must have felt in seeing His people be sent out to discover their own gifts and then use them for His glory. Such pleasure.
As I stood in the check-in line with my “Little Spiritual Son” Edwin, I felt what Jesus must have felt. To watch this young man accept Christ, fight to leave his old life behind, fall in love with Jesus, and decide to commit his life to serve his Lord, was my ultimate joy. As he watched his suitcase “float” away on the conveyer belt, he smiled in awe and looked over at me and said, “Wow! Look how the suitcases move, that is the next level!” Then he gathered his backpack and passport to board the plane to Panama City, to begin a new adventure with God in a Discipleship Training School with YWAM, I knew that he wouldn’t be the last youth from Cacao to board a plane with the desire to be a missionary. I knew that God has a plan, and it includes seeing Honduran missionaries going out to the nations. I knew that I am part of that plan and that Edwin is too. He will be a testimony to his village, that you can leave, you can find hope, and if God so calls you, you can encounter the world. I am so proud of Edwin and am excited to see where God will take him. And I am so excited to see what God has for the youth of Cacao. I believe HUGE things. Edwin has shared with me that he has been given a new heart for his village and wants to reach more of his own people for God and show them the joy of serving the Lord as well. Soon the seventy-two will be sent out! Amen?
Please join us in praying for Edwin as he experiences God in a life-changing way in Panama. Pray for his up-coming outreach phase and also his finances to travel where God calls him.
Gracias y desoe que entiendan el llamado de Dios para sus vidas. Adonde creen que Jesus les esten enviando?