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The Next Generation of Missionaries

This morning at 6:00 am our son Justin, his wife Jenny, our future granddaughter and their dog Kacie boarded a plane for Guatemala.  Today marks a new chapter in their lives.  Guatemala City will now become their home, and the people of Guatemala will become their family.  God has given them a burden to minister to the people of Guatemala City’s landfill, which is the largest in Latin America.  What an opportunity!

As parents we are filled with mixed emotions.  First of all, we are humbled that God would allow our family to serve Him in this way.   It was 25 years ago that God allowed Vickie and me the privilege of going to Mexico City as missionaries.  Now, a quarter of a century later, God has blessed our family once again by sending Justin and Jenny.  We are humbled and honored beyond measure!

Secondly, we are so excited to see what God is going to do through them.  God has uniquely prepared them for this momentous task.  As an MK (missionary kid) Justin already “knows the ropes.”  He grew up in Mexico City.  Jenny also has spent significant time in Latin America.  They both already know the language.  They both are familiar with the customs.  They have already gone through culture shock.  Why, they are experienced missionaries before they ever land in Guatemala.  How exciting is that?

In addition, the potential for ministry is off the charts.  They will be partnering with an organization called Potter’s House, which has been in the Guatemala City’s landfill for twenty years.  Potter’s House is a humanitarian organization that provides food, clothing, and lifestyle assistance to those in that community.  Justin and Jenny will now come alongside them and provide the discipleship and leadership development that will lay the foundation for a future church.

Finally, their departure enlarges my vision for what God can do through HCC and the next generation of missionaries.  I believe with all of my heart that, just as God has selected them to serve Him in Guatemala,  God will call young couples from our congregation to serve Him on foreign soil as well.  Luke 10:2 exhorts us to “pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.” 

Would you join me in prayer?  Let’s first of all pray for Justin and Jenny.  Pray that God helps them get settled in their new home.  Pray for Jenny as she enters the last trimester of her pregnancy.  And pray that God begins to work on the hearts of the precious people to whom they will minister.

Also, let’s begin to ask God to send more missionaries from HCC.  As couples radically commit their lives to Jesus Christ, let’s pray that God gives them a burden for those that need Jesus, both at home and abroad.  It is going to be exciting to see God raise up the next generation of missionaries!

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