Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6). This begs the question: how did Jesus walk? Of course the answer is found all throughout the gospels. He walked with people. Real people. People who weren’t perfect and didn’t have all the answers. People who were sinners, who were poor, who were sick. People who were in need of a Savior.
This past May, after an arduous hike up the mountainside and through the jungle of Peru, we sent team members out into a community in small groups with no agenda other than to simply talk to people. To really listen. Just to walk among them. And so we stumbled upon Hugo in the jungle village of Los Olivos in desperate need of hope. Hugo revealed that he was struggling with a very difficult family situation and that he was at the end of his rope. He didn’t know what to do or where to turn to. This opened a door for a team member, Caleb Stinson, to share his own testimony about how God loved him through a difficult situation in his own family. In the middle of a hurtful and broken time, God not only restored Caleb’s family relationships but also made him a better father. He took broken pieces of broken lives and redeemed them, not recreating the same picture as before, but a wonderful new masterpiece. Hugo listened intently to this powerful testimony, and as a result of this team asking, listening, and sharing (essentially just spending time with him), Hugo surrendered his brokenness to the Lord. What else happened? Hugo’s brother accepted Christ as well!
Our team had nothing that could “fix” Hugo’s problems, but we had time to listen and we had time to love. Now, Hugo has the assurance and hope of a Savior who loves his family even more than he does. There are so many others in this remote village of Los Olivos who need to hear the message of a Savior who can redeem any seemingly impossible situation. Would you please pray for us as we continue to make this arduous 16 hour hike up to Los Olivos? We want continue to learn to walk as Jesus did, spending time with people, and allowing God to use our broken lives and willing hearts to minister to others who need to hear the good news that Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).