I’ve always been inspired by the lives of Moses, Caleb, John, and others in scripture that finish strong. Thus, it is always encouraging to be with older believers who continue to serve the Lord with all they have.
In late May, two basketball coaches from here in Colorado Springs and I travelled to Bolivia to serve alongside Clara. What a joy! Clara is 77 years-old. She coaches several basketball teams, writes Bible study books for schools, and has a prison ministry. She has lived and served our Lord faithfully for 37 years in the Santa Cruz area of Bolivia. She has not returned for a visit to America in 20 years. To say the least, she is “old-school missions”.
One morning, we did a basketball clinic in a school. After we shared our testimonies and the Gospel, I observed Clara talking with a man for quite some time. In Bolivia, things shut down between the hours of 12-3 for lunch and rest. During lunch, we asked Clara about the man. She brightened up and shared that he is the husband of the school custodian. The man heard us sharing the Gospel and came to Clara to learn more. He brought her some religious literature he had been given a few weeks earlier and showed Clara to see if what we were sharing was the same as the literature. Clara looked it over, realized it was Mormon, threw it away and told the man it was garbage. She then shared the Gospel with him and gave him a Spanish New Testament. The man was touched, it was clear God was moving in his life.
After siesta, we returned to the court to continue the clinic. I looked over and saw Clara talking intensely with the man’s wife. It turned out that the man had talked to his wife at lunch about his earlier conversation with Clara, and now the wife wanted to learn more. As seen in the below photo, Clara shared the Gospel with her and she trusted Jesus!!!
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” Romans 1:16
May this account encourage you as it did me to open our mouths and keep sharing the Gospel.