We drove down a dusty filth street, questioning after we’d attain our vacation spot. We have been informed it was solely three miles from the primary freeway, however the washed-out street and muddy terrain made it really feel loads longer.
My spouse and I had arrived in Guatemala only a couple months prior, and we have been each keen (learn: nervous) to get to know the individuals of the village we have been driving towards. God had compelled us to “rescue those being led away to death; [and to] hold back those staggering toward slaughter” (Prov. 24:11). Regardless of our nervous pleasure, we have been assured his grace can be ample.
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Aside from preaching the gospel and trusting God to grant fruit, we had no plan. It shortly grew to become evident that, though there was an evangelical church within the space, most individuals within the village didn’t perceive the gospel. Roman Catholicism was the predominant faith saturating not solely our small group, but additionally the majority of the nation. Technically, virtually 25 p.c of Guatemalans are evangelical Christians, however many are legalistic or prosperity-driven. The necessity for wholesome doctrine was, and nonetheless is, essential.
Little did we all know, we’d quickly be beginning a church on this rural village tucked away within the mountains.
Our brother and fellow gospel minister, Esau, performed an important function alongside us within the village of Los Chilitos, the place we began going often to befriend the locals. We went with a powerful want to evangelise the gospel. Over time, we made pals and gathered sufficient individuals to begin a Bible examine. This small group of villagers met within the residence of a person named Cayetano, and—little by little—individuals began getting saved.
At first Cayetano himself was immune to the gospel. He got here from a powerful Roman Catholic background, and was even considerably hostile towards us. By God’s mysterious windfall, nevertheless, he continued to permit us to make use of his home as a gathering house for our weekly Bible examine. Understanding that even the toughest of hearts isn’t any match for God’s sovereign grace, we prayed fervently for Cayetano and his household.
Then, after we’d been assembly of their residence for months, Cayetano, his spouse, and all 5 of their youngsters have been saved and baptized! Instantly, God started utilizing this household in an incredible option to attain their very own group. Buddies, household, and neighbors got here to know the Lord by way of their testimony.
What my spouse and I had longed for in coming to Guatemala was really taking place—individuals heading for everlasting demise have been being rescued by the Lord of life.
The sight was gorgeous to behold. What my spouse and I had longed for in coming to Guatemala was really taking place—individuals heading for everlasting demise have been being rescued by the Lord of life. Not solely was God at work within the village of Los Chilitos, however he was additionally altering my very own coronary heart.
My spouse and I got here to Guatemala with a want to provide everybody a chance to say “yes” to Christ. We shortly realized, nevertheless, that our Bible examine was turning into rather more. A treasured prayer I’ve prayed over time has been, Lord, please present us the place you might be transferring, and the way we could be part of it. I don’t know the way you would possibly use us, however we need to be trustworthy. Present us. Educate us. Lead us.
And thus started God’s work in my coronary heart to step right into a pastoral function. We outgrew the home we have been assembly in, so we constructed a spot of worship. Planting a church grew to become the results of our efforts in Los Chilitos, regardless of the actual fact we didn’t include that intent. Since all of this was so new to us, we partnered with Casa de Libertad, an Acts 29 church in Guatemala Metropolis. They’ve been instrumental in seeing our church planted.
Six years later, we nonetheless drive down that dusty filth street to Los Chilitos virtually each day. Our small Bible examine has become an area church, with greater than 50 individuals gathering for providers every week. It actually is a testomony to what God has achieved. In 2020, we’re beginning a church-residency program to coach males from the group (together with Cayetano) to turn out to be pastors. Our want is to see an area indigenous pastor lead the church and to sometime plant one other church in a close-by village.
There are numerous small, rural villages in Guatemala that want wholesome church buildings.
If we consider Scripture is true and that the misplaced are heading for everlasting darkness, then we should go and share the one technique of escape present in Jesus Christ. There are numerous small, rural villages in Guatemala that want wholesome church buildings. We cling to the promise that Jesus will construct his church (Matt. 16:18) and be worshiped within the forgotten, rural components of Guatemala—and throughout the globe.