This is a story from a long-term worker who spent time in Brazil helping to run the Radical Project- a training program designed to prepare and send Latin Americans to do mission among unreached people groups.
My wife and I worked with World Horizons Latin America Ministries. We have been involved with Latin Americans for about 20 years. We find them an incredibly open people who have a real desire to share the good news of Jesus Christ wherever they go. This is just a small perspective of the whole story of the World Horizons Radical Project and the many people who were trained.
Felipe was an excellent student — a tall, slim, dark-skinned Venezuelan who had been in the UK for nearly eight months learning English at the World Horizons base in Llanelli. Felipe made a really impactful statement at the end of a long conversation in our office. We were talking about the time the Radical Project trainees had spent with us and the conversation went something like this:
Felipe: “What training did you have for this job that you have been doing with us?”
My wife: “Just life really, having five adopted children teaches you a lot, but really we have had no special extra training.”
Felipe: “Do you mean God took us, an untrained group of Latins, and put us with you two untrained British people, and do you know what, it worked – isn’t God crazy?”
Who could argue with that comment?
God took us, a pair of “Brits”, and He mixed us together with a large group of Latin Americans from four nations and put us to live as a large family to cook, eat, pray, laugh, cry, play, work and learn to step across the cultural divides which in the end just became differences; not right or wrong but just different.
When God is involved in the lives of people who are submitted to His purpose the cultural differences can be overcome and a loving relationship can be built that can show the world that we can live and work as one.
What greater preparation can there be for heaven where we will be with people from every race, tribe, nation and language all worshipping the King of kings and Lord of lords?
Working within His plans and purposes for our lives is at times the most frustrating, tough and painful experience but it is also the place where we grow in understanding and strength, where we grow nearer to Him and understanding His heart for the world in which we live.