And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:3 (KJV)
We both grew up bilingual, Paul as a missionary kid in Venezuela and Delia in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. We were married in 2004 and lived a fairly normal life with work and family. On a mission trip to Venezuela in 2010, the Lord invited us to join the work He was doing and gave us a powerful vision. He urged us to ask Him for all of Venezuela for his kingdom. He whispered to Delia, “Venezuela, Cristo te ama.” (Venezuela, Christ loves you). We had no clue where to start. We went down to Venezuela on faith without a plan. God knew what He was doing.
The Lord began to move us about Venezuela, meeting His team, working with churches that were evangelizing in their areas, and connecting us to His network. We were in training. We worked in the streets, in churches, in cities, in rural areas, with Indians all around the southern borders of Venezuela and He helped us begin to understand the need. Since 2010, we have worked in 9 and visited 13 of the 23 states around the country. He has also connected us with churches and organizations in the USA that have been active in Venezuela in various ways.
Each year He has pushed us a bit farther in our faith, asking us to take on larger and more complex tasks. In 2013 He added the Texas Baptist Men from Dallas and the water ministry. In 2014, He gave us our greatest challenge, asking us to help organize and coordinate a 4-day Billy Graham-style crusade at a soccer stadium in Puerto Ayacucho in the Venezuelan Amazon. He has given Delia a ministry (Mujeres Con Proposito) to hundreds of pastor’s wives and female pastors from all the different Evangelical denominations. Since 2016 we have been working at the Baptist Camp developing a training center for Venezuelan missionaries. We specialize in the production of food and potable water thru organic gardening, water-well drilling, water purification, beekeeping, hygiene and other survival skills. We have watched the Lord weave these events together and bring great honor and glory to His name.
The world is becoming increasingly more dangerous and perverse. Venezuela is in a deep economic and political crisis. We are not sure what will happen tomorrow, but one thing is sure, God is in control and He wins in the end. Our plan is to be obedient to God and stay focused on what He is doing. Stay tuned, because it will only get more interesting.