When did you decide to break your chains? When was the moment you realized you were free? Free from this place and freed by the truth that all this pain is temporary. There are so many people in the world who have never had the privlidge to answer these questions or know this truth. That is why I am writing to you now.
I would be lying to you if I said that I was well-versed when it comes to evangelism or communicating in a different language. The hard reality is, I am not. I have this burning desire inside of me to give the lost and broken people of this world hope, but feel unequipped. My heart is to bring hope to the nations (near and far) so they too can feel that freedom we as fellow Christians have all felt at some point in our lives.
In Elisabeth Elliot's book "Through Gates of Splendor" she writes about one of her husband's letters to his parents when he felt God calling him to travel to Ecuador and preach the Gospel to the Quichua people. "I dare not stay home while Quichuas perish. What if the well-filled church in the homeland needs stiring? They have the Scriptures, Moses, and the prophets, and a whole lot more. Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers." I by no means am implying that overseas missions work is the one and only way to preach the Gospel to this world. It is not for everyone. It is, however, what I feel the Lord has called me to.
Word of Life is a Bilingual Bible Program located near Buenos Aries, Argentina. I would spend ten months overseas at this program taking classes in both Spanish and Theology, participate in short term missions trips to Uruguay as well as summer camps put on by Word of Life, and gain a deeper understanding of the South American culture. Along with these opportunities provided by Word of Life I hope to grow as a Christian, gain new friendships and so much more.
My heart in writing this to you is not solely to ask for financial support. No portion of my heart wants you to leave feeling guilty after reading this. My hope is to express to you that I desire to deepen my knowedge in the Word of God and in Spanish so that I am able to use those skills to further the kingdom of Christ. I feel Word of Life is the next step in carrrying out what the Lord has placed on my heart.
In conclusion, I want to be the first to say I am not going to this program for just an adventure to get away. Yes, it will most definitely be an adventure but I want you to know that Hope is my mission. There has been so many times in my life where I wanted to share the Gospel with those around me but felt so unequipped. My hope is that this program will equip me to share the Gospel with whoever, whenever, wherever and be able to do so in both Spanish and English to bring hope to a lost and broken world.
With all my heart,
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