Letter from Mike: Colombia – October 2020
“God’s workers must gain a far deeper experience. If they will surrender all to him, he will work mightily for them. They will plant the standard of truth upon fortresses till then held by Satan, and with shouts of victory take possession of them. They bear the scars of battle, but there comes to them the comforting message that the Lord will lead them on, conquering and to conquer.
“When God’s servants with consecrated zeal co-operate with divine instrumentalities, the state of things that exists in this world will be changed, and soon the earth will with joy receive her King. Then ‘they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.’ ” Review and Herald, September 17, 1903.
Back in March, the Colombian government put up very strict regulations in regard to people’s movements around the country. Schools and churches closed, and all public gatherings came to a screeching halt. Yet the cessation of church services did not stop the work from moving forward!
Daniel Miranda, the chair of the Bible and Evangelism Department at Fundación Las Delicias, immediately started cultivating plans to reach people via the world wide web. This was one sure way to reach people—but Daniel and his team of Bible workers wanted to accomplish more than online evangelism. They wanted to do something with real human interaction. The evangelism department at Las Delicias started holding special prayer meetings to ask God for guidance on how to reach souls with the gospel without violating regulations.
Through the providences of the Lord, the team was led to the nearby village of Barragán, with a population of six thousand people. In this remote village with no coronavirus cases, the government officials were extremely happy to have Daniel’s team come and minister to the people. The village seemed to be a perfect place to start doing evangelism since it had never had a Seventh-day Adventist within its city limits.
Daniel and his team of Bible workers and medical missionaries descended on the town with fresh baked bread, herbal supplements and surveys to assess the people’s needs. Going from door to door, they ministered to the people’s physical, mental and spiritual wants. When every door in the entire town had been knocked on, 34 families had filled out the survey, indicating their desire for more information about health or for personal Bible studies.
Today, a group in Barragán gathers to worship every Sabbath, and during the week they join together for community Bible study. Many in-home Bible studies are also taking place, and decisions are being made for eternity. Will you join Daniel’s team of dedicated workers in prayer for those in the village of Barragán? If you would like to support church planting projects in Colombia, mark your gifts “Colombia Evangelism.”
Yours in planting the banner of truth!