My wife, our daughter Emily, and I had the privilege of attending a missions conference in Texas this month. We were there for a total of 10 days and really enjoyed our time together. We were able to make some new friends, report to some churches, and get some needed food supplies that I can’t get here in Guatemala.
About two months ago, I was able to lead Juani, a mother of several children who came on my wife’s route, to the Lord. I also wanted to talk to her husband Hugo but never had the opportunity to do so. I had heard that he didn’t have much faith in religious people, because of past experiences with them. This intimidated me a bit, but I put his name on a list of people to share the Gospel with one day anyway.
One day while making visits, I went to call another Hugo I had on my list to ask if I could visit him. He and his wife had visited us for the first time on a big day, and I didn’t know where they lived. His wife answered and gave me permission to visit, but when I asked where they lived, she told me that I had already visited them several times. I didn’t realize it, but I had accidentally called Hugo and Juani. She was eager to receive me, so I decided to visit them instead.
I was determined to witness to her husband Hugo, no matter what his attitude was toward religious people. When I got there, Hugo invited me in and had me sit down with them around their table. I went right ahead and witnessed to him. After I was done, I asked him if he would like to ask Jesus to save him from Hell. He said, “Yes.” I was surprised how easily he accepted Jesus. After all was done, he told me that before I came, he had been watching a religious channel on the television and had heard a voice that said, “Don’t harden your heart to the Lord. Receive Him as your Saviour.” He decided right then that he was going to get saved when I came. The Lord had this visit planned all along, and what I thought was a mistake was really the Holy Spirit’s leading.
I praise the Lord that after three years of headaches, the legal paperwork has finally come through for our church. We are now recognized by the government as a tax-exempt organization also. This will help us save much money in taxes. We are also able to import a vehicle from the States tax-free. This is a great blessing, seeing as our ministry needs another vehicle. Please pray with us that the Lord would provide wisdom and finances about what to do concerning this matter.
His for souls,
Daniel & Misty Wilder, Lydia, Charity, Emily, Hannah, and Serenity