Sometime in 2001 I preached in Ica, Peru, a small town about 4 hours outside of Lima. There was a girl there that I never saw, but somehow I spoke directly to her. She, like many in the crowd, was a lost teenager who had come to a youth outreach put on by a youth group from Sealy, Texas.
For me, I’ve preached at a hundred of these youth events, but for her it was a chance encounter. When the conference ended, we packed up and left, but her life was changed.
How do I know this?
Just last month, I was back in the same town ministering in a pastors conference. Then something interesting happened. A young woman named Mindy Castro came up to me and said, “Pastor Steve, when you were here ten years ago speaking at a youth conference, I was only thirteen. It was my first time to ever go to church. I asked Jesus into my heart, and now I’m the children’s leader here at the church.”
I can barely remember the conference back in 2001, but it was a life-changing, pivotal moment for Mindy.
Stories like this couldn’t happen without your partnership with Latin Equip. Because of you, young people all over Peru are coming to Christ. Thank you for sending us to spur them on!
- On January 14, 2013
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