A Graduate Named Juan

October 1, 2014

Just last week we witnessed once again the difference

you’re making—in the life and ministry of a graduate

I’ll call Juan.

 

He was a tough case when he went through our program. To say that he was almost dismissed is to put it mildly. He came from a life of drugs and crime. Two of his brothers died from drugs and drug-related violence. One of his brothers is in jail for decades.

 

Juan missed jail and death by a very thin margin. He also was not dismissed by the same narrow margin. But his passion and calling are real. He graduated after making up a significant number of assignments.

 

Then he was hired as national director of an evangelistic and church-planting ministry in the U.K. In the last ten years, he and his team have planted up a great friendship with the mayor of the city where he lives, Ciudad Real. Last week Juan was in England and Ireland for ministry meetings. He has gone far. And he is still going strong!

 

I hope that you take great satisfaction in his story training. You helped launch him into ministry. His victory is our victory, yours and mine surely as his failure would have been our loss.

 

But today, the stakes are higher than ever. We have a lot more students preparing for ministry and a number of mission fronts under fire. Still, it’s inspiring! I’m excited to have come to this point and to see the potential before us!

 

Yes, the dangers are very real. We can quickly be in trouble if we take our eyes off the Lord. I pray that we will be faithful always.

 

And as we “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NKJV), I pray that you will stand with us. March with us. Advance with us, with joy, to fight and win the battles God is calling us to. I need you to be the air power to back up our “beautiful” boots on the ground as we move forward!

 

Your support today is vital, both spiritually and financially. It is no exaggeration to say that I have never felt the need for prayer as I do now.

 

Please lift up your countenance, spread your wings with glee, and march with joy. Let us join the Lord’s work with enthusiasm. More than just being “involved,” let us be deeply, wholly committed to the victories He guarantees for us!

 

Let me hear with your generous contribution for a resounding victory in Liberia, in Cuba, in Spain, in Ukraine and beyond! Thank you! God bless you!

 

P.S. I told you last month my heart is soaring! It still is! I believe by faith that God is doing incredible things through us together. But to fulfill our potential for changing the world, need you to give as generously as possible right now. Thank you again!

 

Joyfully in Christ,

Dr. Manny Fernandez

 

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