Six months ago, no one imagined that the world would find itself in the situation and limitations that are upon us now. The sense of self-complacency that permeates the human mind and spirit needs to come to the realization that one’s pursuits and achievements, without acknowledging the true God, are futile. King Nebuchadnezzar found that out when his royal pride was reduced to a beastly existence. His restoration came when he praised and honored the Most High, recognizing His dominion and declaring that “all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing; that He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; that no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What hast Thou done?” (Dan. 4:35).
Will the current world situation bring most people to the realization and acknowledgement of those facts? Probably not. Revelation foretells that even after all the unprecedented plagues that will afflict the world in the end times, humanity will “not repent, so as to give Him glory” (9:20, 21; 16:9, 11). Nevertheless, even at that late time, the Lord will send a messenger with the “eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people” (Rev. 14:6). A point that brings us back to our situation today. Should we not then at the present time, persist in making people aware of the gospel? For we have been chosen, that we “may proclaim the excellences of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9).
The many constraints regarding mobility, have not slowed down the contacts that the Spanish World missionaries have with radio stations, so that the message may continue to be aired. A timely and resourceful instrument has been the internet through social media and the use of WhatsApp. Through this, countless people listen to the radio messages as well as to the short videos which Rene Hurtado, our missionary from Peru, has specially prepared for this time of pandemic. The fact that we are not able to travel for conferences, has allowed me to remain at the computer and microphone preparing and recording messages (Rom. 8:28), which we trust the Lord will use to direct listeners to consider their need of Christ and acknowledge Him as the only sovereign and true source of blessing, fulfillment, and contentment.
We are spending the summer in Indiana, and will continue to work on radio production while we await word as to whether my seminary course and conference scheduled for the fall in Honduras will take place as planned, or whether we may need to improvise with the use of the internet. Whether these things happen in one way or the other, we are committed to further the ministry of the Word in Latin America.
We praise God and thank you for your faithfulness in supporting our work, while we persistently warn others saying: “listen to His voice” (Jer. 11:7).
Sincerely in Christ,
Cornelius and Aida Rivera
Six months ago, no one imagined that the world would find itself in the situation and limitations that are upon us now. The sense of self-complacency that permeates the human mind and spirit needs to come to the realization that one’s pursuits and achievements, without acknowledging the true God, are futile. King Nebuchadnezzar found that […]
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