As we sit on the back of the pickup truck talking strategy with Pastor Diomedes we watch the sun set on another beautiful day in Nicaragua. It has been another day in a beautiful country, filled with beautiful people, and talking about a beautiful Savior. We spent the entire morning again with men of God who serve as pastors here in Nicaragua and in Honduras. I am challenged by these men every time we meet as I watch them gather in authentic community. They genuinely care for each other and you can see it as they greet each other and when they pray for each other through their tears. I long for the day when we can all experience this kind of community. After 3 months of training with the me men we are starting to build some great relationships.
I also continue to be amazed at how hungry they are for the word of God. Donald and I taught on the humanity of Christ and Christ’s role as priest. They more we talked, the more notes they took, the more questions they asked, and the more dialogue we engaged in. Then we spent the afternoon working our way through all of Isaiah 53. They are soaking up the word of God like sponges and they are excited about taking the truths that they are learning back to their people. Needless to say, they have plenty of sermon material for the next couple of weeks!
We spent the rest of the afternoon with Herman the pastor from Guasimal and Rodeo Grande. Yes, you read correctly. He is serving 2 churches and also reaching out to a village that is a 4 hour horseback ride up in the mountains called Cerro Colorado! He leads 6 services a week and has a heart to raise up leaders so that he can reach even more. Please join us in praying for the churches in Guasimal and Rodeo Grande. Pray for a new church start in Cerro Colorado. Pray from Herman and his wife Concepcion. Pray for the multiplication of more leaders in these locations.
One last thing…as we were leaving Rodeo Grande we stopped to watch 3 men dig a well by hand. In that moment God put a bow on the whole day for me. We spent the morning talking about the deep truths of the incarnation on Christ. As I reflected upon all that we talked about in the morning, I stare down a 10 meter hole in the ground and watch as a man chips away at rocks as he stands in water and mud. At some point they will lower the rope and he will come up out of that pit. That is exactly what Christ has done for us. He willingly came down into our world, into our mud and mess, to remove our sins, and then God brought him back up and seated him at this right hand. Now God has sent us into places and into ministry that might be messy but that is how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.
God give us the strength to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty and be his hands and feet today.
Dr and Mrs. Donald M Gillette
Because We Care Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 21806
Roanoke, VA. 24018