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An Illustration of Perseverance in Missions

by Robert J. Young
©, 2006, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

In 1980 the Holmes Road church in Lansing decided to move away from bus ministry into foreign missions. Our goal was to raise $30000 on a single day on that first "Mission Sunday." When it became apparent that we had reached the goal, that evening an elder stood up to say, "This is the proudest day of my life, even though I didn't believe we could do it."

I remember the struggle and the hurts which followed. God led us beyond our comfort zone. We chose a missionary and sent him to San Jose, Costa Rica, but he did not stay in the field. The reasons do not matter. Satan won round #1. Another family is identified and hired. They are native Latin Americans. Surely this family is the one that will move us toward God's plan. But no. Satan won round #2. The church experienced defeat, despair, discouragement. Finally God helped us choose Carlos, a Costa Rican. He had a dream of establishing a preaching school in the mountains of eastern Honduras. The Honduran Bible School was established, and along with its success have come other works-Predisan, the Good Samaritan School, and a host of works in Catacamas. Wonderful fruits have been born, now over 20+ years, but in Honduras, not Costa Rica. The foundations were laid for wonderful progress for the cause of Christ. God provides.

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