“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.”
2 Timothy 1:7-8
My wife Angie and I are very comfortable in medical situations. She has been a registered nurse for nearly 18 years and I have worked in healthcare administration for over 20 years. We were especially looking forward to the opportunity to minister to the community in Danli from a medical perspective. We spent two days at the local hospital delivering food, visiting patients, praying, encouraging, purchasing and delivering medication and other items necessary for these patients’ recovery.
While we are both comfortable in medical situations, neither of us has spent much time in direct evangelism, or sharing the gospel by going door to door in small neighborhoods or communities. While we have been here in Danli, the Lord has challenged us both in this area.
Today we visited a neighborhood called Colonia San Antonio de Oriente. We broke up into teams which included two members from our team, a translator from the local church, and a young person also from the local church. (The kids are on Summer break while we are here).
We met with a couple called Cesar and Patricia who were very open to hearing our testimonies and our presentation of the gospel. We each had an opportunity to present and while they declined our invitation to join us in the sinners prayer, they joined us in prayer for the safety and security of their family.
We don’t know God’s plans for each of us. But we can trust that they are good. He works in each one of us according to His plans for us.
That afternoon we met with a young lady who was in bondage to the false teaching that you must work for your salvation. Together with Dana and Astrid, our partners from the local church in Danli, we were able to share the Gospel of Grace and pray with Mirna and her children Jennifer and Wilson to receive the gift of salvation.
At sunset, we hiked about a mile into the mountains to a cross monument that has been designated as a park. We were able to see the entire city from that perspective, take in the beauty of God’s creation, and pray for His transforming grace to impact the city of Danli.
We also enjoyed our final dinner together at the home of one of our host families. By this time we are all well acquainted and familiar. It was encouraging to observe Small groups of believers sitting together, eating together, laughing together.
We have been mightily blessed over the past 6 days. We pray that the work God is doing in this community will continue long after we return home.
Trever and Angie McGuire