Missionary Heartbeat

MISSIONARY HEARTBEAT

                           by Rocky Grams                            

It’s springtime in Buenos Aires!

Our neighbors have an amazing tree

That produces thousands of little seeds at this time.

They are little balls the half the size of marbles and they are a nuisance.

I almost slipped and fell on the sidewalk

When I stepped on a couple dozen of them the other day.

The lawnmower today sent those little missiles zinging right across the street!

Dangerous little items.

Asked what the name of the tree is:  “paraíso.”  Paradise.  That will preach!

We have a prolific, generous God!

He makes sure that one tree produces thousands of seeds.

What amazing potential!  And the opportunity to spread “paradise” all over.

Life—growth—hope—healing—restoration.

But there is an Enemy who wants to trample on every one of those seeds. 

He wants to mow them across the pavement and into oblivion.

I’ve seen it happen.

“You are the good seed.”

And someone doesn’t allow the seed to be planted

Or digs it up just as it is about to produce fruit.

One young seedling was so passionate for God in his junior year that he was coordinating evangelism encounters from various provinces simultaneously.

Young people who didn’t even know him were so impressed by his speaking and his compassion for the Lost

That they would take the message straight to the train station,  

Kneel in the middle of the crowd to draw attention and then

Preach the foolishness of the Cross.

“Satan has desired you to sift you,” Jesus said to Simon.

“But I have prayed for you.”

My seedling friend had a major falling out and has been sidelined from

Fruitfulness for well over two years now.

Another seed full of enormous promise is driving a taxi and sleeping around.

Both he and his wife are graduates and lived the same intense chapel services and classes and times of deep devotion.

Well-known in their community, they were producing so much fruit.  However,

A wife can only take so many beatings and being called a cow in front of the kids.

“But I have prayed for you.”

Did I not pray enough?

However, there are so many graduates, paraíso seeds,

That have produced tremendously.

Nicolás Ferreyra, recent graduate, coordinated 8,000 young people via internet to go out and serve and evangelize in their communities all over Argentina.

God has used him to impact a portion of Canada, to boot!

Alberto Rey—two congregations totaling well over 2,000 and 15 churches planted.

Duilio and Marcia Aristimuño, on their way to Asia to spread the Word of life.

Graduates Osvaldo Carníval and his wife Alejandra, 25,000 members in the church and the host of the Spanish 700 Club.

Tonight with our present students during prayer meeting I called for those who have been used to heal the sick.  Sixteen came forward!

Graduates Daniel and Noemí Rodríguez are pastoring in Mallorca, Spain.

Over 1,400 are meeting on two campuses and the church is growing!

Students on Missions trips to Northern Argentina, Brazil and Chile and Ecuador. 

Lord, protect the seed of every life and produce your amazing and prolific harvest!

This year we will have 140 graduates.  Take those seeds all over the globe and germinate the potential of eternal paradise in the hearts of many!