A Bolivian Farmer Serves the Lord with Rededicated Passion

November 20, 2018 • Bolivia
After we shared the Word of God with Lucy and Nelson during a home visit, the young couple has taken God’s Word to heart and are learning more about Him through their local church.
After we shared the Word of God with Lucy and Nelson during a home visit, the young couple has taken God’s Word to heart and are learning more about Him through their local church.

During a home visit by a Samaritan’s Purse ministry team in Bolivia, Nelson rededicated his life to Jesus Christ. He now disciples others.

Nelson, a 26-year-old commercial farmer in Palca, Bolivia, heard the Gospel a few years ago and gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. But he never became involved in a local church.

David Cachi, a Samaritan’s Purse staff member in Bolivia, shows Nelson discipleship resources that Samaritan’s Purse provides as part of its Ministry Project, to the interest of Nelson’s 3-year-old son.

David Cachi, a Samaritan’s Purse staff member in Bolivia, shows Nelson discipleship resources that Samaritan’s Purse provides as part of its Ministry Project, to the interest of Nelson’s 3-year-old son.

“My work and the influence of my friends became a distraction,” Nelson said.

All that changed when a ministry team from Samaritan’s Purse visited Nelson, his wife Lucy, and their two children. Our team shared the Gospel with the young couple in their home and read to them from God’s Word. As a result, Nelson rededicated his life to the Lord and became eager to learn more about the Bible. He even wanted to take formal theology classes. But, in addition to a long commute, the expense of attending seminary in distant La Paz simply made it impossible.

Nelson was soon to learn, however, that with God all things are possible. The Samaritan’s Purse team informed him that professors from two partner theological institutes in La Paz were planning to travel to Palca once a month to teach Bible classes.

“We never had a support like this who would train us in discipleship,” Nelson said, who signed up to take courses. “Now we understand and know the importance of serving the Lord, our neighbors, and the surrounding community through practical services.”

Nelson is now active in a local church. He takes on teaching responsibilities whenever his pastor, who lives in La Paz, is unable to travel to Palca. He also disciples others on an ongoing basis, using “The Church’s Task,” a resource provided by Samaritan’s Purse.

“The experience I am having with God motivates me to serve,” Nelson said. “I see the needs of the other communities, and I feel called by God to go share His Word.”

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Bolivia Projects Nearly half of all children living in Bolivia's highlands suffer from anemia due to malnutrition. To improve the quality of life for children and their families, Samaritan's Purse provides agricultural and livestock training, feeding programs at schools, and nutrition education classes for mothers. Meeting people's physical needs is coupled with evangelism and discipleship opportunities pointing people to the ultimate source of life and hope, Jesus Christ.

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