The verse says, “Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim.2:3) As Christians, we are made new creations by the Lord Jesus and we must separate from the old life as the Spirit of Christ directs. It’s comparable to a real life soldier and how he joins and serves. As a missionary we face many challenges in our line of duty. In all circumstances we trust the Lord to get us through so God can get the Glory.
We’re starting our 9th week in Costa Rica studying Spanish to be fully equiped for our mission field. We have faced a few trials this past week. We have had the axle caps stolen from our truck. The volcano that is spewing ash has caused Kristy to develop a kind of bronchitis. We got help from an American doctor that serves the students at the Language Institute. He prescribed Kristy an inhaler and two other medications. The recovery will take about three weeks, but she is a trooper and still studying and attending classes. We’re still praying daily for the funds to keep us here for another five weeks. For now, we’re walking by faith in the spirit of 2 Timothy 2:3.
One of the many problems with the Catholic beliefs is the view of unrenounced, or unconfessed sin after a person dies. In their teachings the catechisms of the Catholic Church teach that purgatory is the final purification for the christian and the Church plays a role in making a proclamation over the dead person to help them through their fiery journey. That leaves the door wide open for the person who follows this teaching to allow sin in their life. It also assumes that the Church has power to change the eternal destiny of someone’s soul after they die. Friends, the Bible gives us a diferent message that you must choose to believe, or suffer for rejecting. Only faith in Jesus alone and repentance of sin before you die will secure your place in heaven. “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1Tim.2:5) No place here for the Catholic belief that the Church has any power. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Heb.9:27) There is no opportunity here for a change of decision after you die. Jesus warned the religious that if they did not believe in Him they would die in their sins (Jn.8:24). Jesus said in Luke 24:47 that repentance would be preached in His name. God help the deceived to hear the Lord calling them to repent and believe only in Jesus and not to put their trust in man.
In war – I have always understood that a victory is dependent on a good supply line. If you don’t have fuel for transportation, ammunition, and provisions for soldiers, you can’t expect to win. My weaponry, according to 2 Cor. 10:4, is spiritual and mighty. It cannot fail or run out, because it is from God. Even though my transportation is running out of fuel and sometimes I have to wait for funds to come to refuel, my ability to wage the spiritual warfare is not limited. Let’s put “waiting” into perspective as taught in the book of Psalms. First, we find that waiting is not just a periodic condition but rather a moment by moment attitude as seen by Psalm 25:5, “..on thee [God] do I wait all the day.” This kind of “waiting” is what I am doing while I am actively working. There is no sitting around to this “waiting”. It is similar to a paradox. See also Psalm 37:7. Second, we see “waiting” on God that takes the form of a launched attack against the enemies of God and his children. Psalm 33:20, 27:14, 37:7,9,34, and 40:1-4 are examples of this type. The Word of God is the sword that we thrust out by preaching and evangelism. Stand with us in this war to save souls. Get Involved
There is nothing more exciting than going to people that are off the beaten path for the sake of the gospel. It’s interesting to see how people live in places like the mountains. Folks figure out how to get by. As I take in all the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells there is an overwhelming desire to share experiences such as these with others. I am realistic in saying that a few pictures, or a video, simply will not be sufficient to explain to anyone just what it is like out there. I can hardly wait for a shipment of Bibles to come in from the BEAMS Bible Ministry so we carry them to these people. Would you like to know how you can help?
As we drew near to the end of 2016 we reached out to the children at a local children’s home. We presented the gospel by using the Abeka Flasha Cards. These really hold the little kid’s attention, as well as present the salvation message effectively. After presenting the gospel, almost all wanted to receive Jesus.
As the new year is getting started we are looking forward to what the Lord has in store and believing Him for great things. We are praying about an opportunity to use an old church building to have our meetings. We try to look at things through the vision that God gives. Ephesians 5:15-17 puts our thoughts and actions in perspective saying, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
We are going out to San Juan Pueblo and going through the different neighborhoods doing house-to-house evangelism. We pull up to the end of the street, park, grab a few copies of the Gospel of John, along with our Bible, and head out. The people here are for the most part friendly. We are carrying and sharing the Words of Life. Jesus said, “Freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) As I talk to these folks, I asked them if they would like to have a church in their neighborhood. Everyone so far has said yes. I pray that the Lord will help make this desire a reality. San Juan Pueblo is such a great opportunity. May the Lord supply the need to see a building for a church constructed. As far as ministry opportunities, this town is like a dream to me. Your help can make a huge difference. Get Involved
This is a cute picture. The message and name of Jesus is so powerful, and to see it in the hand of this precious little Honduran girl is so moving. The sign says, “Jesus is the way out”, a reference to John 14:6 where Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, No man commeth to the Father but by me.” Are you in the Lord’s army? Would you like to be apart of this frontline battle? Click the Get Involved button. Blessings! – Rod (1 Cor. 15:58) Get Involved
My friend Willy, along with his congregation, put on a special event during the morning hours Sunday, 9 AM to 1:30 PM, to preach the Gospel to the community. They held the event at the municipal park located in the center of town where there are a lot of people. I joined them to help with witnessing. With only a few minute notice Willy asked me to take the microphone and preach. After just a short 25 minutes of personal salvation testimony and an evangelistic message from John 3:1-19, with a call to repentence, two people were pricked in their hearts to call upon Jesus to deliver them from their sin. We praise the Lord Jesus and give glory to God for the fruit that came from the preaching of the Word. This is a good start in San Juan Pueblo. I pray it encourages you as much as it does us. Please pray for us as we follow up. If you would like to help us, click the Get Involved button below. Blessings! (1 Cor. 15:58)
One vehicle is what we depend on to get back and forth to our ministry areas. You can nurse bad battery connectors and an old battery only so long as you wait for that special love offering that never comes. Eventually it catches up to you. It was after dark during an emergency grocery store run, when the battery just pooped out on me. Yes I had to call a friend to come and use my jumper cables for the first time. That got me home. I had to park on the street for the night in order to get a jump start from someone in the morning to go into town and get a new battery. In the morning I was greeted by a flat tire too. I got my jump start and used my air pump to breath life back into the tire and went into town. I got the new battery and terminals for $137. Fortunately the tire could be patched, although the leak was on the sidewall. I was so glad I was able to save the tire for now. It went flat on me twice before I was able to get it to a repair shop. I stopped as quick as I could to avoid ruining the tire. Being stranded with mechanical problems on the mission field is pretty tough. You praise the Lord no matter what, but especially for every little thing that goes in your favor. Every place I was stranded, or having to make an emergency stop, was far better than some. I praise the Lord for that. Now I am still praying for that special love offering. I think the truck is safe to drive to our ministry area for now. Thank you Jesus that you promise to never leave us, nor forsake us. Back to soul winning.
This week was the start of ministry to San Juan Pueblo. We prayed and asked the Lord’s blessing on our efforts and went out by faith to minister to the gospel. While making a stop at a local business, I asked the person behind the counter about the churches in San Juan. I learned that there are a few churches here and actually one Independent Baptist Church. Next stop was a private Christian School that we happened to drive past. We felt led go inside to make an introduction and ask about their ministry and about local churches. Turns out that the Lord was leading us. The Baptist Church pastor worked at the school and we came by at the perfect time to have a good long meeting. With the Holy Spirit’s leading in this meeting, we got off to a good start to minister the Gospel and further the steps toward the vision to plant a church in the area of San Juan. Very exciting! Would you like to know how to help? Click the “Get Involved” button to make a donation. If you would like more information about this ministry, use the contact us page. Blessings – Rod (1 Cor.15:58)