Teacher / Administrator - Lima, Peru
Shortly after his conversion Eduardo became burdened for the further development and preparation of men serving in the ministry in Peru. After working full time with the Centros Teológicos Bautistas de Perú (Baptist Theological Centers of Peru) headed by David Barnes, he is now planting a church in San Martin de Porres, Lima.
Testimony of Conversion
I came to know the Lord in 2005, but before that, I was a supporter of the communist groups in Peru. For many years I denied our Lord Jesus Christ and was a blasphemer, living as wickedly as possible. Yet, after a night of sin, there came to my heart an affliction that could not be explained with words. It was an affliction that prevented me from having any peace, even to the point of wanting to do harm to my body.
In that moment I did not understand that the Lord, in His mercy, was beginning to deal with me. It was in this way, after I searched in all places to find the reason or motive for my affliction without any success, and having no other alternative, that I remembered an invitation that a co-worker extended to me three months earlier to attend a church service, even after I had mocked her for her faith. Though it had been several months since I was asked to go, the idea was constantly resounding my head.
So, I was eventually led to go to the church one Sunday in September of 2005. As I heard the Word of God preached, I was inexplicably and miraculously relieved of all of that affliction. I could not explain at that moment what was happening to me, but I do know that simply hearing the Word of God brought peace to my heart. As a result of that Sunday, I began to go every Sunday to expose myself to the Word. Three months passed in which I really did not understand much; I only know that I felt peace, and so I went. That lasted until one Sunday in December, during the preaching of a simple sermon, I heard the preacher speak of the condemnation of sinners, and it made me think on the matter throughout the whole week.
During that week, the veil was removed from my eyes, and seeing my sin I began to weep and ask for forgiveness before the Lord for all of the sins that I had committed in my life. I saw that the realization of my sin must lead me only to Christ, and that day I went to look for the pastor to tell Him that I was trusting in Christ.
Call to the Ministry
Through the years, the Lord led me through difficult paths, but each of them was for my edification. From the very beginning, the Lord put in my heart the desire to share and teach the Word of God, since from the time I had accepted Christ I saw so much false teaching all around me. Though I did not understand all that well the Christian life, I quickly had many questions about the things I was hearing with regard to salvation. Only a few months after I was baptized, I began to ask the pastor some of these questions on several occasions, but he told me that my questions made him uncomfortable. As a result, he kindly asked me to leave the church.
It was a very difficult blow for me. Since that moment, the Lord put in my heart the desire to teach pastors like the one who had just asked me to leave his church. The Lord was giving me a desire to learn in order to be able to help those pastors that could not attend seminary for various reasons. I wanted to see these pastors further develop in the ministry that the Lord had given them. So, from that moment the Lord has led me, and I had the opportunity to further prepare, helping me to serve various churches as well as the Theological Seminary in which I am currently serving, that He might be glorified.