-Missionary Robert Becker
When I surrendered to missions, Latin America was not on my radar at all. I had my own plans, actually, but in 2017, my wife and I took a missions trip to Peru with our pastor. While there, he showed us around the ministry in Arequipa, Peru. The Lord started speaking to me about considering South America, but I still told Him that I had my own plans about where I wanted to go.
In January 2018, my wife and I were given the opportunity to spend six months in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with missionary Patrick Henry. While we were there, we got to help out in his church plant as well as visit different parts of the city. We saw a statue where people left ashes of their deceased loved ones and prayed to the statue for their souls. These people had been lied to about who Jesus really is. They believe in a Jesus who tells them they have to work their way to heaven. They do not know about the true Jesus who already paid the price for their sins and wants them to accept His free gift of salvation. This really broke our hearts and the Lord began working on us. We started praying about what the Lord would have us to do.
I can remember going all around the metro Buenos Aires area with its nearly 14 million inhabitants. Buenos Aires has a very good train system, and I used the train nearly every day with thousands of people crammed into this tiny space, barely able to breath, and feeling like we could suffocate from the heat. One day, as I was squished into this small area unable to move anything except my head, I looked around on the train and saw all these people. I thought to myself that, if they have not believed on the name of the only Son of God, they are all condemned already, as John 3:18 says. These are people’s fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. I can remember thinking that many of them would go to hell, as many have not heard the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I looked past the numbers and saw the people who have hopes and dreams and are striving for a better life, but will be unable to find it without Jesus Christ.
At one point, I mentioned to Patrick that there was a real lack of Bible-believing, Bible-preaching churches in Buenos Aires. And he responded in a way I’ll never forget. He asked, “What are you going to do about that, Robert?” His question stuck with me as I pondered God’s direction for my life.
One day I woke up, and the still small voice of the Lord told me, “I want you here, Robert. Come back to Argentina and tell these people what I have done for them.” It was then that I surrendered myself to return to plant churches and to train men to continue in the ministry.
When you think of Latin America, do not simply think of the masses of people, but see their individual souls that are lost and in need of a Savior. And ask yourself, as I did, “What am I going to do about it?”