Now that my understanding of life revolves around Jesus, starting when I was a child because of the teachings of my grandmother, I’ve come to embrace the beauty of my relationship with Jesus. Though I always believed in the power of God, initially, I didn’t understand why there was a crucifix with Jesus on the cross. I didn’t realize the purpose of his sacrifice. Over time, I gradually understood the importance of the cross. I never imagined that my connection with Jesus would be so deep, accepting His sacrifice and His blood as a new opportunity not just for me but for all humanity.
Starting this journey hand in hand with our heavenly Father, the Bible became my daily sustenance and prayer became my means to communicate directly with Him. Eventually I assumed the responsibility of responding to the call to do the work of God and became a leader of a local church that began with my own family. God had already crossed my life with mature Christians who acted as mentors. I attended Bible institutes to equip myself as a pastor, truly seeking to fulfill the Great Commission assigned by Jesus through His Word. Connecting with missionaries and seeking their guidance became part of the process. With the support of my family, we obeyed the call, successfully building a church with assistance not only financially but also materially with the physical work of a sister church during their annual visits. Their ongoing prayers and continuous fellowship motivated us to persevere in what we were doing.
At a certain point, it seemed like the work was done. I responded to the call and fulfilled my role. However, after four years of discipleship with the missionary team from 61 Isaiah Ministries exploring the significant theme of the Church’s Identity, my perspective on God’s love and the Church’s role became clearer and unfiltered. In October 2020, I got the opportunity to join the 61 Isaiah team as a Village Lead, visiting churches in rural areas. With the support of the missionary brothers and Avenue Church, I started a new chapter of my life , becoming a missionary in my own country.
Visiting villages, meeting new brothers in faith, sharing what I’ve learned, supporting pastors and leaders, and strengthening our connection with Jesus became a source of joy. Teaching is not just about giving knowledge; I feel that I’m learning and improving my relationship with fellow believers, my family, and myself every day. Sharing the Gospel makes me feel purposeful. Knowing that everyone I’ve encountered, whether in my country’s villages or among the brothers of Avenue Church, the missionaries in Honduras, or around the world, are all part of God’s divine plan. We are connected to share His Word with those who do not yet know Him.
Now, I understand that God sustains me. He doesn’t remember the past and the things that I did before surrendering to Jesus and aligning my life with its true purpose. He shows me His mercy. That is the power and importance of the cross, the chance to be made new through Jesus’s sacrifice. Just like my missionary friend Jeff says, “I am better than I deserve, thanks to what Jesus did for me on the cross at Calvary.”