This was a month of a lot of activity. During the first days of the month we were edified with the visit of Sugel Michelen and his wife Gloria. The time with them was a great blessing. We are grateful and surprised by the love and devotion that Sugel and the other elders of IBSJ Church in the Dominican Republic have shown continually toward us. In these five and a half years that we have existed as a church, this is the first time that we have come into contact with a pastor like Sugel that has so lovingly dedicated themselves to counsel and care for us and the church. We are thankful to the Lord and HeartCry for making this a possibility. They spent five days getting to know the church, sharing with us, and instructing us in word and deed.
This month we also had four baptisms. I wish I could write four reports telling you about what our King has done in the life of each one of them! They are each a trophy of the love of Jesus. Their names are Fernando, Natalia, Lumila and Micaela.
Fernando is a very recognized doctor in Argentina, who was devoted for many years solely to seeking professional success and a moral and religious life. Then one day he was confronted with the gospel of Jesus Christ, which told him that what he needed was not success, popularity, or a certain religious status, but rather to be saved from his own sins and from the wrath of God. That gospel has now captivated him forever!
Natalia is Fernando’s wife. She came to be one of the most moral people I ever met. Faithful in her home, a hard worker, prudent, and religious, but with a heart lacking even the smallest amount of affection for Jesus. But when the Lord came to her, her idolatry was made evident, the blindfold was removed, and she saw what she really was: an enemy of God that had trusted in her own works her entire life. But along with the conviction of sin came the conviction that Jesus is a sufficient Savior!
Lumina is a young woman, a single mother of a beautiful child. She came to our church through a friend of hers that attends Family of Grace. Hers is a very sad story consisting of many injustices throughout her whole life. It seemed like she did not understand the gospel, and the weeks passed without there being much evidence of a work of grace in her life. Nonetheless, from one minute to the next, at the most unexpected time (during a talk on the history of Pelagius and Augustine!), the Spirit of God blew on her and the idols of her heart were made evident. Convinced of her sins, she sought the Lord until He that satisfies the afflicted soul drew near to her and gave her the peace she so longed for!
Finally, Micaela is the daughter of a couple that has been with us almost from the very beginning of Family of Grace. She has a very special place in my heart for several reasons: I have known her for years, I was a witness of the faithfulness of her parents in guiding her to the cross, and along with my wife I have prayed for her and her siblings for a long time, asking for their salvation. For some time, Maqui and I had established a close friendship with her and her siblings in order to reach them with the Gospel. Some months ago we decided to invite her to eat breakfast with us and once again we shared the Gospel with her. Even though she had heard the Gospel many times, that day was different. It was as if she was hearing about the glory of Christ for the first time. The gospel of grace came over her, brought her sins to light, and led her to the arms of the Savior. After two days, she found rest in Christ.
What a sufficient Savior! What a beautiful Savior! What a powerful Savior! Worthy of all honor, majesty, and praise! To Him be the glory in His Church.
Luke began working for HeartCry in 2012 after graduating from Virginia Tech. He was raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia and now resides a few hours south in Radford, Virginia with his wife Meghan and their three children. He is the coordinator for the work that HeartCry is involved in throughout Latin America.More By Luke Nash