Letters from Missionaries, Vol. 3

The Wilson Family | May 15, 2020

Even in uncertain times, God is faithful and working all things for good.  Check out this most recent missionary update from the Wilson family in Guatemala, as Ryan helps us remember what it means to be the church through community and the Bible.  

As the church, we are all called to “make disciples of all nations” so that the world would know and give glory to Jesus Christ. Through the updates of our partner missionaries our hope would be that you would pray for them, celebrate the work of the gospel, and consider how God is inviting you to join in His global mission. 

–Tom Stephens, Outreach Pastor

A Letter from the Wilson family

Hello CBC family,

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I felt the urge to write to our family and friends back at CBC.  As the days passed, the LORD kept impressing upon me to write.  The LORD had put this on my mind as I was reflecting on our families’ journey up until this point.  

My wife, 5 children, and I are missionaries in Guatemala.  As I write this, I am in the mountains overlooking Guatemala City at a ministry called Buena Vista Sports Academy.  We were commissioned out from CBC in January of this year and have been on the mission field for 4 months.  Since 2013, we have served on short-term trips at least once a year and sometimes twice.  With that said and along with the training leading up to our commissioning, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect.  Yet, God, in His infinite wisdom, had unique challenges waiting for us that we would have never anticipated.

Over the first 4 months of us being in the field, the Corona virus has severely disrupted our ministry and the world.  Also, we have experienced significant change in our ministry and established roles.  Not exactly the story-book start that one would hope for.  But, all of us are at complete peace.  It is a peace that transcends any comprehension on our part.  This peace is built on the trust in a Sovereign God.  

Why then did God compel me to write to y’all?  Was it to share the hardships of the field?  Nope.  I am writing to encourage you.  Despite unforeseen challenges in daily life, language learning, and newly expanded roles, we are resting because we know that God has fully prepared us for this time.  He prepared us through our time learning, growing, and serving at CBC.  From actively listening to Biblical teaching as well as growing from deep searching of God’s Word to serving as Small Group leaders and in the Middle School ministry, God has shaped us for this moment.  

My encouragement to you is to get in the game.  God has designed you to be active in your faith.  He saves ‘by grace through faith’ creating his chosen for good works (Eph 2:8-10).   For a believer, actively growing and reaching for more of Jesus is normal.  As a member of the body (both locally and universally), you are created to be active…to be serving…to be running alongside other believers…to bear with others when they need you…to be helped along when you need it…to be, COMMUNITY.  

When days have gotten long and language learning is tough, God’s Word, the BIBLE, is there to point us back to what is most important.  The dependency and desperation wasn’t born when things got tough; it was cultivated beforehand.   When someone near us is going through struggles, the desire and ability to help is pulled from experiences God has already had us go through with others.  When unexpected ministry opportunities present themselves, we are able to respond because God has walked us through similar times before.   

We leave you with this…get involved.  Get in the game.  Swallow your pride and offer yourself as a living sacrifice to your Creator.  Go be the CHURCH!!

Love, The Wilson Family