He isn’t the kind of kid that blends in. You will notice him where ever he is. And I believe God will use that characteristic to bring Him glory. Michael wants to be in the ministry and has a love for studying God’s word. This combined with his magnetic personality is sure to make a great pastor or missionary. As Michael studies at the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, pray 2 Peter 3:18 over him, may he “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
I hope the Lord is blessing you beyond measure and you can feel his love for you today and forever. Let me tell you a bit about myself. My parents have always been involved in my local church. I grew up in a Christian environment my whole life. Even though we did not have the resources for Christian education, the Lord provided a way. Abundant Life Christian School added me to their scholarship program “Horizontes Dilatados/Expanded Horizons”. ALCS is part of who I am. Without this type of education, I wouldn’t speak English nor would I be involved in mission work with the Slyker’s Family Ministry, ALCS teachers that God brought into my life.
Missionary Family & Their Impact on my Life
In December of 2017, God sent the people He would use to change my life and mindset. A couple of weeks after meeting them, they invited me to translate for them in the villages. We have been in the middle of the mountains of Honduras sharing the love of Christ with those that need it. From weekly sermons and house visiting, to weddings and medical brigades. They didn’t have to invite me to be part of their ministry, but they did. They didn’t have to open the doors of their house to me, but they did. They didn’t have to accept me into their family, but they did. They didn’t have to love me, but they did. God used this family from my freshman year to today as a way to show his love for me. In September of 2019, He opened my eyes to His gospel through the labor of this family.
Called to Seminary
Ever since that moment I knew one thing, I was going to make every aspect and decision of my life for His kingdom and glory. For months I wasn’t sure what the Lord wanted me to do but in July of this past year, I learned what’s in the next stage of my life. During the first months of quarantine I developed a desire to learn more about God’s Word. I started reading multiple books and articles, watching tons of seminary lectures, and talking about them with my friends. Then it hit me, the Lord is calling me to seminary. If I want to serve the Lord to the best of my abilities, I should get trained in His Word. I believe seminary is where I should go because I enjoy reading theological books. At seminary, I will also learn how to balance everything in order to have a Christ-centered life, loving and caring for those around me because that is what matters the most.
Plans for Mission Field
For the next couple of years I want to grow closer in my relationship with God and develop academically in order to write articles, books, and help others do the same through social media. The most important reason why I want to attend seminary is because I want to be a missionary. Less than 1% of Christians are missionaries and I believe the Lord is calling me to the field. Though I love academics, my purpose in the kingdom of God is to reach those that haven´t heard of Jesus Christ. I’d like to become a full time missionary overseas working with pastors in the villages of Asia and Africa. I want to help them spiritually and economically. It breaks my heart to know that thousands of kids die from starvation or other preventable diseases. I would like to set up churches, orphanages, and job opportunities for those that need them the most. Yet, I can also see myself coming back to my home country. Poverty and corruption is so embedded in our culture that it’s normal to see kids in the villages that haven’t showered in weeks or months. I would love to supply spiritual and material aid for them.
I am thankful for ALCS and for the opportunities it has given me. From now on, I will serve and worship my God alone, both in the academia and on the field.