Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Trained and Thriving
Daniel grew up in our church in Bolivia. From the first days of our children's ministry, little Daniel attended all meetings faithfully. Whenever he had the opportunity he answered questions, memorized his Bible verses, and willingly helped in any way possible. We watched him grow from a small child to a man of God.
Life wasn't easy for Daniel. When he was in his teen years, Daniel's mother went to Spain to work, and the responsibility of the family in Bolivia fell on Daniel. His mother sent financial help to her children that enabled Daniel to attend the city university while taking care of his brothers. His mother sacrificed being with her children in order to lift them out of poverty and give them opportunities otherwise impossible.
Daniel became a youth leader in our church and felt called to be a missionary to his own people at a young age. Daniel answered God's call, and with the help of our church he went to serve in a remote jungle area where he helped establish a school and a church. Each Christmas Daniel returned home and helped in our Christmas outreach to remote mountain areas with no gospel witness. He met and married his beautiful godly wife, Carin in our church. They now serve God together.
We were privileged to have their help in our ministry also. They have returned home to our city, and Daniel is completing his masters in education and trusting God for his next ministry. He is an example of a child trained up in the Word. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
One of the blessings of serving God on the mission field for so many years is that we are now able to see God's leading in the lives of those we have ministered to over the years. What a joy for us to help and encourage these young couples as they serve God and carry on His work. Daniel and Carin are trained up and thriving spiritually as they serve God faithfully.