In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul reminded people that though he and others plant and nurture the seeds of faith, God ultimately gives the growth. Cesar, an indigenous Ecuadorian Bible Planter, would wholeheartedly agree. In fact, Cesar’s a lot like Paul. At one time, Cesar hated Christians. But then he came to know Christ through the Word of God. Soon, people despised him as much as he once despised the Gospel.
“My own people persecuted me,” says Cesar, who’s completed our Bible Planter training and uses the Bibles and Bible study materials your gifts help provide. “I learned that they planned to burn me alive, but the car bringing the gasoline suffered damage and didn’t make it,” he continues, marveling at God’s protection. “I spent a day in jail after the authorities demanded that I renounce my faith and I refused. They wanted to flog me. I told them that I belonged to the Lord, the Creator of all things. I told them I have a relationship with God.”
Today, with the generous support of friends like you, Cesar is planting God’s Word in the lives of his people. And it’s taking root. In this place where people once frowned upon education, today they embrace it. In this place where people steered clear of government, some are now part of it. And in this place where people once turned their backs on the Lord, many now follow Him. “Many people have become believers,” Cesar notes. “My Lord Jesus Christ has made beautiful changes in my community.”
Thank you for providing the Bibles, Bible study materials, and training Bible Planters need to sow and nurture the seeds of the Gospel. Thank God for the lives and communities He’s changing through the power of His Word . . . and your partnership with Bible League International.