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Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part X

In all of “Life’s Lessons”, God chooses different times to teach me, but this is one that God has taught me since a child. The 10th “Life’s Lesson” is Living With what God has Given Me.

Even though I may be a missionary and a preacher, I still must remember what the words of Christa are: “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Lu 12:15). I can not place my eyes upon what my hands can grasp. I must be careful to not covet big things that are not meant for me.

For me this truth goes back to my childhood. I did not grow up in a big house and have money to spare. I thank God for the way He allowed me to be raised and do not regret it at all. But I must be honest about this truth. When I became a missionary, I began to administer money that I had not administered before. I began to see that while we were on deputation that we could have went to better restaurants or bought nicer items for our house, etc. But the Lord reminded me that none of this was “real” riches. Life does not consist of these riches one posses. The money was not to look at or covet after, rather a tool to use for the Lord and the Lord’s work. Read More

Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part IX

Luke 10:8 – “And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:”

“Life’s Lesson” #9 is eating what is put before me. Without a doubt, not accepting someone’s food is not accepting someone’s generosity. I have been put to the test more than one time, but praise the Lord I was taught manners and taught to eat what is put before me.

When we first arrived to Argentina, we were invited to eat at someone’s house. Arriving when we were supposed to arrive and being nervous, we began to talk and waited on the food. This was going to be one of our first times to eat a real Argentine “asado” (meat on the grill). We sat at the table, prayed and was served our food. I thought nothing could be negative or wrong with meat on the grill, but I found out that not everything was placed on the grill was not meat. I was served intestines along with other parts of the animal. I began to eat, but did so very slowly to avoid receiving more on my plate. I ate everything that was given to me and to this day thank the Lord that I did …. because now those 2 people that fed us are some of the strongest leaders in our church today. What would have happened if we would have said no and not eaten the food that was given to us? I believe we could have been turned off in their mind and we would not be blessed with these great leaders in our church today. Read More

Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part VIII

I must say that this “Life’s Lesson” is one that is hard for me to learn. It is a “Life’s Lesson” that has been hard to me in every area of life, but has taken a new approach since being on the mission field. “Life’s Lesson” #8 is the lesson of patience.

Since God has made every person different and unique, patience may come easy to some whereas difficult to others. I can not blame on God that he “geared” me different from another person, rather I must learn to be more like Christ and learn to become patient.

Since my life has very much to do with serving people, I regularly meet with people at church, coffee shops, my house, in town, etc. But when I ask to meet with someone, I like to keep a schedule. Not only in Argentina, but globally, many people do not arrive exactly on time … therefore trying my patience. To wait for them and practice patience, many times makes my blood boil. Going to customs and waiting on paperwork, trying to pay bills, waiting for a phone company to fix your phone, trying to buy a simple house-hold article, etc., truly requires patience. Read More

Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part VII

There is a very important “Life’s Lesson” that I have learned or am learning on the mission field and that is What is a missionary really supposed to do?

When I was 16 years old, the Lord clearly put it upon my heart to serve Him – and more specifically I felt He was directing me to the mission field. I desired to be a missionary, but did not know exactly was a missionary really was. Finally getting to college and then language school, the Lord began forming me more and more to what He would have for my life. I was very fortunate to have met a veteran missionary, Austin Gardner, who took me under his wing and began teaching me what missions really was.

When I finally arrived to Argentina in 2004, we started up and within a short amount of time the Lord sent us great young people who became pillars and leaders in the churches. I thought I was doing what a missionary really is supposed to do. I thought by leaving the United States and starting a church on foreign soil, that this was enough, but it really wasn’t what I was supposed to do. I was taught that anyone can cross a border – military, army, tourist, business men, etc … and I was no more spiritual than any of these men by simply living on foreign soil. So what was I supposed to do? Read More

Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part VI

There is one “Life’s Lesson” that I believe we have all seen and could unanimously cry out – that our God finishes what He starts.

When I was 15 years old, God brought me under conviction and I accepted Christ as my Savior. The next year, at the age of 16, God called me to serve Him with my life at a youth missions trip. I went back to high school and decided to study and serve Him. When I finished high school, I headed for college to prepare for the ministry of missions. I arrived and after hearing of the requirements, home work, classes, etc, I thought I would never be able to graduate – it would take a miracle for me to pass the courses! The years passed quickly and soon the God that called me, allowed me to finish!

I never thought I would be able to get married because I was not the best-looking nor the most talented person … but once again, the God that called me allowed me to get married! Read More

Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part V

The fifth “Life’s Lesson” I have learned on the mission field is one that everyone knows, but one that has been an important lesson for me – learning to Love People.

Before coming to Argentina, I remember reading and studying about Argentina. I looked at videos of Argentina, read books, looked at pictures, listened to how they talked, etc. I thought I loved the people, but to be honest I think it was an emotional high without reality.

When we arrived to Argentina, I put my Argentine flag up, marked every holiday, tried to talk and act like them, etc. I wanted to be one of them. But as time passed by, I found they had in common certain characteristics such as people I knew in the United States, people I met in Peru, and everywhere else in the world….. they were just people. Although this seems so simple, it is still very complex. Read More

Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part IV

The fourth “Life’s Lesson” I have learned on the mission field is how short life is.

A few years ago I was having chest pain and my wrist was hurting. I saw a few doctors and the majority told me that they did not know the problem and it seemed to be only a pulled muscle. The pain continued and so I continued looking for help. I finally arrived to a hand doctor where they did extensive studies and eventually made an appointment to see a specialist. I remember sitting at his desk and the doctor looking at my blood work and other studies – he looked at me and said, “it looks like you have rheumatoid arthritis.” I looked at him and remember saying, “I’m 28 years old, do you mean that I am going to have to take medication every day until the day I die?” It was at that moment the reality hit me that life is short. Read More

Life’s Lessons on the Mission Field – Part III

The third “Life’s Lessons” I have learned on the mission field is that every person is a volunteer.

When we arrived to Argentina we started the church and between my wife and I, we divided the church – everyone from 12 and under was her category and everyone from 13 and above was in my category. I did the singing, anouncements, offering, preaching, praying, etc while my wife did the nursery, kids club, SS classes, etc. It was quite funny now that I look back. Within a short amount of time, the Lord began to send us young men and women who are today great leaders in the church. One by one, people began to volunteer to help clean, help in a class, help in the nursery, be a greeter, pray in church, be an usher, etc. I knew that the teachers and leaders were to be the examples and therefore little by little began to put rules. Time passed and the Lord had given us a good group of teachers and workers, so I thought it was time for “the list”. I sat down and wrote a list of requirements and jobs that these teachers and workers had to do in the church – after all I thought, isn’t it a privilege to be in the Lord’s work. I presented my list to a group of teachers with requirements that I now see were not so necessary. Later I had a few looks and visits to my office with statements such as, “I don’t think I can complete all these requirements”. I was shattered, all of a sudden these hard workers that the Lord had placed in the church, were possibly not going to continue – what would I do. Read More