I thought my impact was negligible in Elida’s life. Her mom was the spiritual force. I was the pastor, and the girl never talked to me even though I tried to deposit into her life some discipleship. One time when she was recovering from an operation, I visited her and offered to loan her a book to ease the boredom. She declined. She didn’t like to read.
Then I came back from Guatemala. And Elida became one of the many was-theres who coursed our school and heard innumerable Bible teachings.
Elida just had her baby shower. I hadn’t seen her for more than six years, so I dropped in. What I found out blew me away.
The baby boy will be named after me: David (it’s my middle name).
Apparently, I filled the role of a dad in her life, even though I had no clue at the time.
Truly, the Word says that none of labor for the Lord is in vain. Servant of God, you don’t know how many people you have touched and helped and are in the kingdom of God today because of your influence. Don’t be discouraged.
Pastor Miguel pastored the Door Christian Church in Guatemala and founded the Liceo Bilingue La Puerta school during that time.
You don’t need talent, money, beauty, charisma. You just need God.
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time. — Isaiah 60:22.
I created a stir on Facebook when I announced I was a grandpa. But I was only Joe’s spiritual dad.
While oodles don’t believe in you, God does believe in you. All you need to do is believe in God.
When I went to Guatemala 20 years ago, I was riding on euphoria. But I was filled with all kinds of uncertainty. Despite this, God brought multiplication to the little guy, me.
Jesus multiplied breads and fish. In fact, God likes multiplication more than addition. Expect the impossible.
I like the word “hewn.” Look at the rock from which you were HEWN, and the to the quarry your cut out of… Abraham your father… I called him when he was alone and blessed him and increased him. — Isaiah 51:1
The present tense of hewn is “hew.” I’d never heard that before. “Hewn” means to be cut out of.
This is Ibis and his wife. He was so shy and quiet. Now he is making big decisions for Christ.
God encourages the Israelites (who see Abraham as HUGE) to regard Abraham as SMALL in his beginnings. Indeed, Abraham didn’t have any children until he was 100 years old (and his wife was 90). Yet God had promised to make a nation out of him. Talk about feeling small. And not up for the task.
Despite such an inauspicious beginning, Israel did become a great nation. It still is with Jews scattered over the world.
God is encouraging the Israelites — at a time when they are rebuilding their nation and are small and insignificant — that they will be able to do the impossible, to re-start their nation.
In God, small things lead to big. And you should never flag in faith because you are looking at your circumstances. Look at Abraham.
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