By Trisha Goddard
The opportunities to invest in the lives of people are unlimited, and we have a message of living hope to share with them.
"...a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
As parents, Mike and I desire for our children to know God and have a personal relationship with Him. Therefore, teaching God’s Word is a priority, as well as living out our faith in front of them. One of our daily highlights is before bed, when we take time in God’s Word together. This provides us with an opportunity to learn and discuss more about the living hope that only God can provide, and together, we learn, grow, and discuss what it means to be like Christ.
As missionaries in Paraguay, South America, our desire is for national and First Nations people to know God and see their lives and communities transformed by the Gospel. This year, a partner organization provided us with 10,000 books as well as 10,000 workbooks of The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus in Spanish. Through the course, you study God’s Word chronologically from Creation to the Ascension of Jesus, learning about Who God is and the message of living hope. Having this material readily available has opened new opportunities for Mike to provide seminars to train and equip others, who in turn can use it for evangelism or discipleship.
In a recent Stranger on the Road to Emmaus seminar for pastors and leaders, Mike asked the question: “What do we value?” Immediately, people said: better lives, good relationships, safe communities, quality education, good health care, economic growth, religious freedom, acceptance, higher social status, etc.
As the discussion continued, Mike mentioned that even though these are all good things to value, our focus is too often on the here and now. Yet when we shift our focus from the present to eternity, our answers to this question, “What do we value?" changes to a personal relationship with God and the desire to see other people – family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. – come to know God as their Creator, Savior, and King.
You and I have unlimited opportunities to invest in the lives of people. Let’s shift our focus from the here and now to eternity. Let's share the message, the message of living hope found only in Christ, with others.
Trisha’s passion is serving Him wholeheartedly in her family and in ministry. She married Mike in 2001, and they have three children: Michael, Lea, and Kaleb. The Goddards have lived in Paraguay, South America since 2004 and serve as field workers of Partners for Paraguay. Trisha loves to read, spend time with her family, and travel. Learn more by visiting their website: www.mtgoddard.com.