With coffee in hand, I open my Bible to begin reading. I’m reading the book of Acts, one of the most fascinating books in the Scriptures. Its stories are really exciting; stories of miraculous healing, life in community, dangerous travel and my favorite part, repeated stories about being filled with the Holy Spirit!
In short, it is an inspiring book for someone who is committed to fueling and sustaining a biblical movement that reaches Latin America for Christ! The book of Acts makes my heart race with excitement as I consider that these stories can continue to occur in our day. This book makes me believe that, just as the Spirit and hundreds of Christians obedient to his guidance transformed the world back then, our Latin American countries can be restored today.
“…just as the Spirit and hundreds of Christians obedient to his guidance transformed the world back then, our Latin American countries can be restored today. “
However, today I’m reading the last chapter of Acts. A sip of coffee and I’m finished. I’m a little disappointed to have finished, but the ending is not what I expected. Honestly, it seems that the author could not quite finish it. I bow my head and go before the Lord in prayer, sharing my concern. His answer comes to me in the form of a memory.
Acts 1: 8 says: “… they will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.” Obviously, the book could not be finished because the disciples had not yet reached the ends of the earth!
The church throughout the ages has continued to write the book of Acts. Every time we enter a new territory, every time we reach a new ethnic group, every time we approach a new urban tribe, every time a new family is restored, every time we start a House of Peace, we continue writing the book. For two thousand years the church has been writing Acts chapter 29.
“The church throughout the ages has continued to write the book of Acts”
Acts 30 is the window within our website where you will find reports of what the Holy Spirit is doing in, with, and through the Latin American Free Methodists as they continue the task of witnessing to the ends of the earth. Here you will learn the stories of people who are obedient to the Spirit’s guidance. Through their ministry stories and interviews we hope you will see Latin America in the process of being transformed by the Gospel. We chose the name Acts 30 for two reasons: first, because the mission begun by the apostles continues to this day; and second, we can only continue this movement by standing on the shoulders of the women and men who preceded us both in the Bible and throughout the history of the early church.
We pray that God will use this space to inspire us all to be part of the Acts 30 movement in Latin America.
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John Jairo Leal is an ordained pastor of the Mission District of Colombia and is serving as the Coordinator of Community Church Planting in Latin America.
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