-Missionary Andrew Garcia
I was seven years old when I asked God to save me from my sins. I placed my faith in Him and in His finished work on the cross. I was saved by faith alone and not by any work or merit. Christ did all the work for me. Soon after that, I told my pastor I wanted to be a missionary; but after my parent’s divorce, I lost interest in serving God. However, when I was 15, I surrendered my life to do whatever God called me to do.
I graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in missions in 2016. Before and even after graduating, I was set on being a missionary to Japan. I started learning Japanese and studying the culture. There is certainly a great need there. After I graduated I went to Honduras as part of a mission team with Pensacola Christian College. From there, God led me to agree to stay in Honduras and teach in the Christian school there for two years. I figured it would be a good experience. During my time there, God drew my attention to the need for missions in Honduras. I also came to the realization that Honduras, like all of Latin America, has the potential to be a great sender of missionaries. There is no reason at all that God can not greatly use Latin Americans to take the gospel to the uttermost.
From 2016 to 2018, I was a teacher at a bilingual Christian school in Honduras. I got to teach Bible to my students every morning and had some opportunities to preach in chapel. I went out on evangelism weekly and was part of a bus route to pick up people to bring to church. I learned a lot of Spanish while I was there.
I could tell you about the poverty in Honduras. I could tell you about the fatherless children. I could talk to you about the crime. But today I’m here to talk to you about the lost souls of Honduras. Honduras is home to over 10 million people, and while Catholicism is a little less common than it used to be, the majority of Hondurans still believe that they must do good to go to heaven. They do not know the gospel message of Ephesians 2:8-9, which says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
I pray that God will quickly send me to the field so that I may win souls for Christ and start churches in the capital, Tegucigalpa. My main goal will be to make disciples, training men of God for the ministry. I long to see pastors who will carry the gospel throughout the country of Honduras, and God willing, throughout the entire world.