Uruguay and its inhabitants refer to it as a little country. It is a small country in many aspects. In my opinion, many Uruguayans make references about themselves and their country as if they have an inferiority complex. Small is not necessarily bad. Small has its advantages too. Sometimes Uruguay reminds me of the mustard seed. Jesus said in Matthew 13 that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it comes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and the birds come and make nests in its branches. (NLT).
The photo above (L to R) shows Belen, Alexis, Guillermo, and Daniela. These four youth from Ancla (Anchor) church are on mission. Belen spent one year on missions’ trips and the others have done several short-term trips. Belen and others organized their own missions’ movement of youth that has 50 youth involved where they go and evangelize in various Uruguayan cities two to three times per year. There is no good mechanism or agency to send these people long term. The Baptist association of churches has awakened that there are a number of youth interested in missions. Now there are talks to help these young people get theological and missions training to be prepared. Yet, we see amongst Latin workers across South American mission agencies the lack of pastoral care and preparation to work on a team especially a multicultural team. We, as missionaries, see this as a unique contribution and opportunity that we can have to impact a new generation of missionaries. Pray for us as we explore these new potential avenues of influence.
While things are small like a mustard seed in Uruguay, there is great growth potential. Can God continue to rise up more Uruguayan youth like these who desire to go to the nations and see the kingdom extended beyond these small borders? YOU BET HE CAN! PRAY FOR MORE WORKERS! PRAY FOR THE CHURCH TO BE PREPARED TO SEND THEM OUT.