teach 'em how to fish and they'll eat for a lifetime."
We've all heard
that metaphor, but sometimes the person you're trying to teach to
fish is already a master fisherman but lacks a fishing pole. So
what do you do in that case?
Well, loan him
the money to buy a pole and help get to the store :-)
This is what
happened with J.C. (Juan Carlos). He's an extremely gifted youth
pastor who has a passion for missions and evangelism. His youth
group has over 200 kids who regularly attend and over 27 small group
bible studies. His popular column on how to use the arts in youth
ministry appears on our web site and reaches thousands of leaders
J.C. has felt
God calling him to go to Eastern Europe and train other in creative
evangelism and youth ministry for 10 years. After selling his clothes
and saving money for a year, he was finally able to go to the Ukraine
for three month. He'd been invited by 3 or 4 Ukrainian churches
to help train their congregation in how to effectively and creatively
communicate the truths of the gospel. Since he returned 2 years
ago, he has not been able to fulfill this dream to return as a full
And here is
where the fishing metaphor comes in...
with the help
of fund$ from our friends, family and churches,
J.C. and his fiancée, Lizzet, were able to attend one of
the best missions conferences in the world - Urbana missions conference
foreign leadership week. While there he was even elected Latin American
representative from out of the 90+ Latinos that attended. And during
his time in the US - where the conference was held - he was invited
to visit 4 churches some of whom will be supporting him in his ministry
in the Ukraine! He and Lizzet leave for Europe in May 2001.
All he lacked
was a bit of "seed money" to buy that fishing pole.