Legacy


El Liceo Bilingue La Puerta

Students in 2014 in the Liceo Bilingue La Puerta, the school my wife and I founded with so much work. Good people joined and helped us.

I’ve known churches that dive kamikaze when the pastor leaves, so naturally I was anxious. But it’s been four years since I sought refuge in the United States from criminal threat. And the church my wife and I started 20 years ago is thriving. So too the school.

It feels like I died. (At just about anybody’s funeral, all the good things are remembered. When somebody dies, you see what his impact was.)

The Door Bilingual School in GuatemalaNow that I’m visiting Guatemala again, I’m seeing people who I reached out to 20 years ago. They express profound appreciation.

“I don’t know who he is, but I’m going to go give him a hug,” one schoolkid said. The kids thronged me. My eyes misted… Even those who never knew me appreciate the years of toil to establish a work of God.

colegio cristiano Guatemala

He’s Mikey, but I call him “Einstein Hair.” I love that little guy.

People are still getting saved. The school continues to be a safe harbor. The disciples continue to labor to extend God’s kingdom.

For the first time in my life, I can see a legacy. And I ask myself: What will my legacy be in the United States?

16 responses to “Legacy

  1. Gosh you’ve done so much. I never thought what mine may be, but I hope it is a legacy of love, and one that reflects my constant faith.

  2. May I just say hats off to you and a hearty congratulations to you and your wife starting this wonderful legacy in Guatemala! I am sure it was lots and lots if hard work reaching out. You have left more legacy than most and you probably don’t even realize what you have left in the U.S. It humbles me to the size of a mustard seed or smaller, if I compare my life to yours or to my husband’s (a psychiatric social worker with the poor and outcast of New York’s Bronx). From where I sit, you guys are heroes doing things far beyond my reach.

  3. I really thank God for the work has empowered you to do in the lives of many. When you were laying the foundation of what we are seeing today with your wife, you never thought it will grow so fast like this. That is how things turn out to be when we are confident in our God to handover whatever we do to Him no matter how small it might be. You came out of your comfort zone to start this project even when it was not comfortable for you and your wife. I thank God for giving you the Godly patient because there were trials whether we like it or not. On the other hand, I thank you and your wife for making yourselves available for the calling of God upon your life. May He continue to bless you more and more in the name of Jesus Christ.

  4. This has got to be my favorite post you’ve written thus far.
    What an amazing testimony of God’s grace to see that He is still working through what He used you to start.
    This kind of reminds me of the Thessalonians whom Paul probably knew for three weeks (cf. Acts 16-17) and yet the church survived and thrived.
    Praise God brother, it definitely got me thinking about what I’m doing in light of eternity

  5. What a blessing to see the fruit of your toils thriving. God is so good.

  6. Pastor, I must say your posts of late have been extremely heart-warming.

    Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Amen

  7. What an encouragement! Some of us see results of our efforts for God right away; others later in life; others not until heaven. Doesn’t matter. Keep on doing what God as aimed you to do. Rewards will come, maybe just not when we think we need them.

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