Latinos Reaching Undocumented People Around the World
During our bible study tonight two of our students shared about meeting Reyno, a worker in our hotel here. Reyno approached Carlos yesterday and asked, “What do I need to do to become a Christian?” So, Carlos and another student named Jorge went through the Four Spiritual Laws with him and talked with him about what it means to really know God, not just know about him.
During the conversation, Reyno shared with Carlos how scared he was to be in the country as an immigrant from Haiti. He talked of how hard life was for him here and how he was struggling to care for his family well (he has a wife and son here too). Carlos was able to share how he came to America as an immigrant and that he understood what it felt like to be scared and to be poor. They talked about faith in Jesus and how God had changed Carlos’ life. By the end of the conversation, Reyno had trusted in Jesus.
While Carlos was sharing all of this, I started to cry as I thought about how much God loved Reyno that he brought this Hispanic group from Texas all the way here so that Carlos would share the gospel with him. But I also thought about how much God loved Carlos that he wanted to use his story to reach out to an undocumented Haitian in the Dominican Republic. At one point in their conversation, Reyno asked, “Why is it that white people hate black people so much?” Carlos replied, “There are some really good white people too. People like Eric, Casey, and Devin don’t look at your race and judge you for it.” I nearly lost it thinking about what a powerful, redemptive picture of white people Eric and others have been to students in our movement that have experienced racism from the dominant culture. I loved that Carlos didn’t dismiss his question, but rather deeply understood it and had compassion for why someone would even ask such a question.
It’s because of stories like this that I am convinced God wants to use Latinos to reach the world. They have a unique contribution to make to the mission of God, and I am so thrilled we get to be a part of it. Excited to see what else God does through these awesome students this month.