Letter from Mike: Colombia – February 2019
After Christ arose from the grave, He spent forty days with His disciples teaching them and preparing them for the work that was before them. Finally, the day came for Him to return to Heaven and carry on His work of redemption. Jesus assembled His disciples on the Mount of Olives to receive His instructions for taking the message of a risen Savior to the ends of the earth. He did not tell His disciples that their work would be easy. Instead, He showed them the vast confederacy of evil that would be arrayed against them. They would have to battle against the enemy of souls, who would oppose them in their work of saving souls. Jesus assured them that if they moved forward by faith, He would be with them. “He made full provision for the prosecution of their work and took upon Himself the responsibility of its success. So long as they obeyed His word, and worked in connection with Him, they could not fail. Go to all nations, He bade them. Go to the farthest part of the habitable globe and be assured that My presence will be with you even there. Labor in faith and confidence; for the time will never come when I will forsake you. I will be with you always, helping you to perform your duty, guiding, comforting, sanctifying, sustaining you, giving you success in speaking words that shall draw the attention of others to heaven.” Acts of the Apostles, 29.
Spiritual battles are raging in the country of Colombia, and Satan is trying to oppose the progress of the message there just as he did in ancient Israel. Daniel Maranda and his team of Bible workers entered a new area of Colombia with the hope of starting a church. Going door to door for weeks is not easy, but the Bible workers moved forward by faith, trusting that they were moving under the shield of Omnipotence. Arnold, one of the Bible workers, knocked on a door where a woman named Eunice lived, and he offered Bible studies to this desperate-looking lady. He learned that she knew God when she was younger, but had returned to her old sinful ways. As Arnold stood on the doorstep of her home, telling her of God’s willingness to forgive all her backsliding if she would return Him, hope lit up Eunice’s face. Arnold began Bible studies with her, and her conviction to return to the Lord deepened. Soon he invited her to attend the evangelistic meetings that were being held by Baboloki, another one of the Bible workers. After weeks of intense studies with Arnold and stirring sermons on the Three Angels’ Messages preached by Baboloki, Eunice committed her life to Jesus and was baptized. The truth transformed her life, and her sons noticed it. As her sons saw their mother’s newfound love for Jesus, they asked Arnold to come and conduct Bible studies with them.
Eight precious souls were baptized through the evangelistic meetings, and many more people are studying for baptism. The home where these new believers are worshipping is far too small. They urgently need a church building to accommodate all who are currently attending. If you feel impressed to help with this project, send your donation marked “Colombia Churches,” and please pray for the work in Colombia as the workers enter new areas.
Yours in pressing the gospel to the ends of the earth,