"Go and preach!"
Latinos for global missions! Read about a young Ecuadorian impacted by God, ministering to students of his home country, and preparing for missions.
By A Christian worker in Ecuador,
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“My family isn't doing well financially, and I'm thinking of spending all this money to serve overseas?" thought Kaisa*. "Is this really right? Maybe I'll just send a small donation to the people in Haiti instead of going there personally.”
These thoughts started forming in Kaisa's mind just before he was scheduled to leave on a mission trip to Haiti, where God had clearly led him to go. However, he didn’t feel peace about not going, either, because he knew he was being disobedient to the Lord.
One morning as this young Ecuadorian man was going to work, his motorcycle broke down. Kaisa went to a repair shop to get it fixed. As he was waiting, he saw a man standing on the sidewalk about 50 feet away, apparently waiting for the bus. Suddenly the man threw himself under a big truck--and died instantly. Kaisa was shocked. He had never seen a man commit suicide right in front of him!
A few minutes later Kaisa's motorcycle was fixed, and as he was riding back to work, he began to cry. The slow-motion image of that man taking his own life replayed itself over and over in his head. “God, why did you allow me to see such a horrible thing?” he cried out.
At that moment, Kaisa felt like God was speaking to him--showing Kaisa something precious He wanted him to learn. "Kaisa, this is a fallen and lost world," God seemed to be saying. "And the gospel is the only message of salvation. Money won’t give eternal hope to the hopeless. Go and preach!" And right then, Kaisa decided to go on that mission trip to Haiti after all.
During his time in Haiti, Kaisa saw God moving in the hearts of the Hatian people. Kaisa and his team led Bible studies, worked in orphanages, and worked alongside locals on house-building projects. It was there in Haiti that Kaisa understood that God wanted to use him in places where the gospel had not yet been preached. God taught Kaisa that He is worthy to receive praise from all people, and that everyone who claims to be a true follower of Christ is called to be passionately involved in the Great Commission. On his last day in Haiti, Kaisa prayed, "Here I am, Lord! Send me!"
In 2013, two years after his experience in Haiti, the Lord opened the door for Kaisa to serve in East Asia. Asia is the largest and most populous continent and home to one-fifth of the world's population. With such a wide variety of religions in the region, millions of Asians have never heard the gospel. Kaisa served in East Asia for two years, learning the language, evangelising and discipling university students, and leading Bible studies in a house church. It was there in East Asia that Kaise realized how much the church still needs to learn about biblical discipleship.
Kaisa returned home to Ecuador, but he still wants to go back to Asia to serve God. Since some Asian countries are closed to traditional missionary work, a teaching degree often makes a good platform for serving in these areas. As Kaisa sought God's will, God opened a tremendous door there in Ecuador for him to prepare both academically and theologically for Asia and minister at the same time.
Kaisa is moving to Loja in southern Ecuador in September. As he studies for a higher degree, Kaisa plans to be involved in evangelism and discipleship among university students. University students often ask a lot of questions and seek answers about their lives that can only be found in the good news of Jesus Christ, and Kaisa hopes to help churches in Loja reach out on university campuses in order to make disciples.
Kaisa is convinced that God has called him to minister to unreached people groups in East Asia, but he is certain that university ministry and education will help prepare him for long-term mission work.
*Name changed for security purposes