Useless, then priceless


Tio TinoTino was one of those drunks who you stepped over, who slept in his urine on the streets in Guatemala. You expected him to wake up dead after a cuttingly cold night. You tried not to think about it.

Ismael talked to him about Jesus and offered him a place to sleep. Tino got saved.

As a missionary, I had a soft spot in my heart for Tino. We let him sleep at the church as a guard. We gave him food. I let him play worship on his guitar in service, a throwback type Christian music. He became Tio Tino — Uncle Tino — for everybody.

drunk GuatemalaOn this trip to Guatemala, I was astonished at just how far the transformation has gone. Now, Tino leads outreach everyday, which his only honkytonk guitar, just off the edge of the Central Plaza. Everybody joined him on Sunday to street-preach.

He’s back on the streets, no longer homeless in a stupor, like Joshua establishing dominion, reaching out to others who are in the condition he left behind.

25 responses to “Useless, then priceless

  1. Great! You are doing a great work! Glory be to our God! Praise the Lord!

  2. I can only imagine your joy at seeing seed sown having resulted in a fruit producing and motivated disciple.

  3. Wow praise God! Redeemed and used by the Lord!

  4. What a wonderful story!! You are very blessed to be doing this work. Inspiring. I will remember this story when I see our drunk neighbor who gags, etc. every A.M. , whom I try try try to treat like the child of God he is. Not easy coming from a family of alcoholics that have left me with a terror of drunks!

  5. Blessings… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What a tribute to God’s saving grace and your generous, caring spirit. Blessings and prayers to you and all those who assist you,

  7. Stand and see the salvation of the Lord! God is good … all the time! Father, thank You for Tino and Ismael. Pour out Your blessings upon the ministries that You had prepared for them and may they glorify Your name.

  8. I love it! Glory be to God who does wonderous things! What is impossible with God is posssible with God. What a joy to your heart to see abiding fruit!

  9. Oops! Meant to say what is impossible with men is possible with God. Guess you knew what I meant.

  10. What a wonderful success story! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. As I read each post I am falling deeply in love with Jesus over and over again. And I’m falling for all of these precious souls. May God continue to bless all of you!

  12. Love stories like this. Thanks.

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