Today is the 6th anniversary of the first church we started in Chile. I am more excited about this anniversary than I have been about any other one. That’s because my family will not be there. Sounds like a strange statement, right? Let me explain…
Missions is all about evangelizing the lost, starting local churches, training them in the Word of God, and preparing pastors to continue the local church ministries (Acts 14:21-23). Today is the first anniversary Sunday I will not be preaching. My dear friend and son in the faith, Cristian Alarcon, will preach the service and baptize 10 people. A whole host of Chilean men and women today are preparing their Sunday school classes, bringing visitors, and preparing the music. That’s what missions is all about!!
Don’t get me wrong! My heart aches to be there. I love the people and the country more than I can explain. Chile is my home, and they are my family. But today I am so proud to see them stand on their own and to see God use them in such a mighty way!
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 4