Josue shared this from Venezuela this afternoon. Please continue to pray for the team. For mission opportunities in Venezuela, contact Steve Seaberry at 888-244-9400.
Today it has been a good day. However, about noon it started raining in Caracas and tonight is the first night of the evangelistic crusade. So we are praying for a good turn out in spite of the rain.
Here’s a couple of stories of Baptist young people in Venezuela who are living out their faith in a committed and powerful way. Their names are Maribela Gil (20 years of age) and Yusbely Gallardo (28 years of age). Both of them came to help with thie evangelistic effort in Caracas from San Felipe. Their city is about five hours from Caracas. They are members of Primera Iglesia Bautista in San Felipe. Their church has a membership of about 60 and an attendance of over 100 people. They love their church and told me that even though it is a small church every member is personally involved in some type of ministry.
Marielba and Yusbely are the only committed Christians in their nuclear families. Some of the ways they are living out their faith includes a soup kitchen ministry. They serve in a soup kitchen every week ministering to the homeless. Yusbely shares that she loves serving and ministering to people who live in the streets. They are also involved in jail ministries. Marielba volunteers at a juvenile detention center evey week and Yusbely at an adult prison. They are very aware of the Lord’s protetion every time they go to minister in jail because they have often found themselves in very dangerous circumstances.
Another ministry they have started is to young people who live alternative lifestyles in the plazas of their town. They have been ministering to this group of people and have seen God at work in different ways. They concentrate in building relationships with this group of people believing that God works through relationships. One of the young persons that has been reached through this ministry is Alexandra who is a young mother and has made a commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. Both Marielba and Yusbely are very grateful to the Lord for every opportunity to minister to those who do not know Him.
They are also very involved through their church. Both of them teach SS and are involved in discipling new believers. Marielba plays guitar and Yusbely leads worship during the regular church service. Yusbely also preaches and teaches during the midweek church service. Marielba and Yusbely are college students who are daily living out their faith in their communities, their country, and their church. During this week in the capital of their country, they have been sharing the good news and leading people to Christ every day.
I have learned a lot from people like them who came to be a part of this evangelistic effort in Caracas.