Crowns of Hope

Food boxes and evangelism bring hope amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

“But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” Matthew 14:16.

For many around the world, the pandemic may have seemed to put life on pause, but Covid-19 has not been able to stop outreach from continuing at Fundación Las Delicias Ministry. The evangelism department is as active as ever, though sometimes in new and different ways. One new outreach we have started is the ministry of generosity. By bringing relief to hungry church members in the midst of the quarantine, we were able to bring cheer and words of truth to troubled hearts. Working together with the different church districts nearby, we helped to distribute boxes of food and toiletries to the families most affected by the lockdown. Fundación las Delicias delivered the food, including some of our own crops like passion fruit and plantain, to the local pastors, who then delivered the care packages to those in need. Many families were thus blessed, loved, and remembered by our caring Heavenly Father.

Most of the families that make up our churches here in Colombia are brethren of a very humble and poverty stricken economic status. Hence the Covid-19 lockdown nearly devastated them, making them unable to provide for their basic needs such as food and toiletries. Many families were eating just one meal a day. This is why we felt called by our Lord to support the cause of God among the saints, knowing that He commanded us, “freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8. In sharing our crops and our means, we experienced once again that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35. 

Once the restrictions lifted somewhat in early summer, we held an evangelistic campaign entitled “Crowns of Hope.” Through that series, the Lord rewarded us with the baptism of our beloved brother Fanor Echeverri. This man, though he had sympathized for years with the Adventist message, had not made his decision to follow Christ and join His church. However, through the incessant prayers of his wife Fracila, the ministry of our Bible worker Elíseo Galindo and of course the power of the Holy Spirit, Fanor at last made his decision to give his life to Christ. The Lord even used his little son Samuel to appeal to Fanor by tenderly asking, “Daddy, Daddy! When are you getting baptized?” 

“Daddy, Daddy! When are you getting baptized?” 

Fanor said, “I had never understood the importance of the step of surrendering to Christ in baptism until now.” Clearly, God never tires of looking for and pursuing His children!

So, in the midst of crisis or in times of calm, to God’s elect or to the world in rebellion—whatever the cause—we strive always to be ready to serve alongside the Almighty Savior in season and out of season. The Spirit of Christ constrains us! 

God bless you greatly as you, too, finds ways to serve whoever He brings to your notice.


Location
Colombia

Author
Anibal Navea Castillo is the director of the Department of Evangelism at Fundación las Delicias.

How You Can Help
Pray for the Bible workers and students at Las Delicias as they seek out the lost.

Pray for Fanor to remain faithful to his new commitment to Christ. 

Give. If you would like to help support the work in Colombia, send your gifts marked “Colombia” to: 

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

To give online, visit: 
www.missionspro.org/donate 

Thank you!
Your gifts to Colombia helped to feed needy church members during the lockdown. Thank you for sharing your bread with the hungry!

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