Despite political conflicts, internal strife and ongoing poverty, evangelicals of Latin America are reaching out to the world with the gospel message. According to Ted Limpic of COMIBAM
(Ibero-American Missionary Cooperation) , a majority of these missionaries make long-term and life-long commitments to missionary service. “The implications for the future of the planet
are enormous, as are its implications for our own missionary commitments and action. Their impact on my own experience as a missionary and on my career has been decisive,” said Limpic,
one of the first COMIBAN missionaries to Brazil.
“When Lois and I went to Brazil as fresh missionary recruits; we went at a special time. The explosion in the growth of the evangelical churches had just begun and we got to see major changes especially in the countries where we served,” said Limpic. He noted the efforts of the youth in making these changes. “One of the big changes was that increasing numbers of young people were
responding to God’s call to missions and overcoming what were tremendous barriers that would have kept them from becoming missionaries,” he continued.
Limpic agreed with Latin America Missions, which also dispatched thousands of missionaries, in noting the great commitments undertaken by the workers to proclaim the gospel. While American missionaries like himself, received provisions from the faithful back home, Latin American missionaries “found that obedience required an even higher level of commitment,” said Limpic. “Many missionaries from Latin America sell all they own to go to the field and live without the medical and retirement plans that we North Americans require, much less the vehicles and appliances that we consider essential. They often head to countries that have no diplomatic relations with their own and where missionary visas are not granted. In many places where our Latin friends serve, if you come as a missionary, you are not even welcome,” Limpic said. Nevertheless, the movement of Latin American missionaries continues to make an impact on people around the world.
Source: Christian Post; Revival Media
Bible Study: Ephesians 3:1
APRIL: Pray WIDER for God’s ongoing protection and provision for these missionaries. Pray too for an abundance of blessing on them.