A Weight Lifted on the River
Roberto Flores, our GEM liason in Corumba, traveled this summer with the GEM team on the Pantavida along the rivers of the Pantanal.
“The landscape of the Pantanal is beyond commentary, a marvelous example of the beauty and creativity of the Creation. Each part of the river has something new and different, even as one fades into the other,” Robert says. “Wherever we went we were well-received.”
Read Robert’s testimony------
I helped with personal evangelism, while
the people waited to be seen at the medical or dental clinics. The evangelistic
encounter that most caught my attention was with the commander of the Bolivian
military outpost, Sgt. Monroy, on Monday morning.
While he waited to
see the dentist aboard the Pantavida, I started a conversation, asking if I
could share with him some things about God, which he readily accepted. I
don’t remember just how I started the conversation, maybe asking if he had
given his life to Jesus, or maybe that provocative question which puts the person
at the door of heaven with someone inside asking, “Why should I let you enter?”
But the opportunity arose to explain the correct answer or what it means to
surrender your life to Jesus.
It was interesting
that the more I spoke about the truths of the gospel, the love of God, the
forgiveness of God through the sacrifice of Jesus, the more interested he
became and the more his eyes shown, making it clear that he was absorbing each
word, each truth presented.
When I talked about the possibility of us
becoming the sons of God, using the passage John 1:12, he brightened even more:
“What beautiful words”; and he continued to use those words each time we talked
about the love of God, the forgiveness of God, Salvation in Jesus, and that he
no longer needed to be afraid of death.
I explained to him that passing this life
we have an eternal home reserved with Jesus, and need not fear death, or nor
anything else in this world. Then he asked, “If I die now will I live forever
with Jesus?” When I responded affirmatively, his sensation of freedom and
satisfaction were visible, as though a weight had been taken from his
So I asked him if he
would like to surrender his life to Jesus. We prayed. I gave him a Bible and
oriented him to begin reading the Gospel of John. I also recommended that he
search out brothers in Christ
that lived in the post so that they could pray
together and strengthen each other.