To go where you cannot

Author: Mike Goddard

The village chiefs welcome me, because I am a member of the tribe.

These were the words of Marciano, our ministry partner among the Mbya Guaraní people. For the past two and a half months, his local church has not been able to meet together on Sundays. Some believers from the village decided that they still needed fellowship, so they would gather in small groups in their homes. The traditional church meetings have been prohibited by the government and deemed “non-essential”. These believers found an alternative way in rural Paraguay, to continue growing in their faith and worship together. They also took advantage of the quarantine to visit other villages that had closed their doors tightly against the entrance of “the outsiders and their sicknesses.”

I was blown away by the simplicity of the ministry model we have embraced: every disciple of Jesus Christ is essential, valuable, and capable of making disciples in their community. If this is true, the decline in numbers we see of vocational missionaries serving around the world is only natural. What we do see is an increase in global networking and practical partnerships between churches, Christian-owned business, mission agencies, and individuals beginning to thrive.
During the strict quarantine in Paraguay, it is Marciano’s turn to be on center stage in this narrative as he and his wife respond to God’s leading and become a witness in their community and travel to other communities otherwise closed to outsiders.  

Marciano is able to go where you cannot. You are able to go where Marciano cannot. That is why we partner together and rejoice when our team scores and weep when we fall.

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