By Trisha Goddard
After living in Paraguay for a year and a half, we had been asked to begin the missions mobilization department to challenge the Latin believers and churches toward what we were passionate about: First Nations and seeing unreached people made aware of the Gospel. Our plans were to do it for only six months while I finished Spanish language study. But when Mike attended a conference with fellow coworkers serving in Latin America, one missionary took him aside and said, “If you are only going to do missions mobilization for six months, you would be better off going to Mexico and sitting on the beach.”
In the beginning days of the ministry, we spent a lot of time sharing in churches, participating in missions conferences and events, and building relationships with Latins and First Nations believers. As the years passed, our relationships became deeper and stronger. It is no longer just another ministry, but one where the body of Christ works together for a greater purpose – to challenge, train, and equip others to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19-20).
We learned that what the veteran missionary had been trying to tell us was that we must either be fully committed or not even consider missions mobilization. Fourteen-and-a-half years later, amidst the good times and hard times, we count it a joy and a privilege to be a part of His story, both locally and internationally. We have experienced God’s great love and faithfulness toward our family as we partner with the body of Christ here in Paraguay to see disciples of Jesus Christ trained, equipped, and mobilized to reach the unreached.