Missionaries are my heroes.
This weekend, we hosted a guest missionary at our church. Nathan Alfaro has been a missionary to Nicaragua for about 12 years now, and is doing a phenomenal work in his present ministry. I had the opportunity to visit with him at length over coffee, and got really excited about what God is doing in Nicaragua, and about what God can do at Solid Rock Church. Nathan is such a passionate individual that I can't help but get excited about ministry.
There is no doubt that Nathan would make an excellent pastor here in the states but he is so totally committed to his call to Nicaragua that he doesn't consider staying home, though he's had invitations and opportunities to do so. That's one of the many things I admire about missionaries. They can teach all of us a lot about total surrender, commitment, hard work, and perseverance. It has not been an easy journey for Nathan and his wife, Christine, but they continue to be faithful to their call. And because of their faithfulness, lives are being changed in Nicaragua.
Nathan Alfaro is one of my heroes.