For many of us, emotional hardships draw us closer to God. That’s true for Santiago, an 11-year-old who lives with his mother and grandmother in Medellín, the second-largest city in Colombia.
Santiago’s father recently left the family to pursue a relationship with another woman. He became angry and bitter at his father and held a strong grudge against him.
But Santiago found new hope.
While playing in the park, Santiago and a group of friends were approached by Pastor Maria Elena of a local church. She and her youth group were on an evangelism campaign and invited the group to join them for a Project Philip Bible study.
"When we began the studies, I was very excited because the pastor promised to give us a Bible if we finished the three booklets of the series,” Santiago remembers. The group met every Saturday morning for lessons.
Through God’s Word, Santiago has seen a dramatic change in his life.
"My family, just like any other family, has problems,” he says.
The church has influenced Santiago’s mother and grandmother as well. At first, they visited the church to be sure Santiago was safe, but the Lord drew them in. They have started their own Bible studies and now, the three are regular church attenders.
Even though Santiago has found peace in God, he longs for a relationship with his father. As of now, his father has made it clear that he does not feel the same. But that doesn’t stop Santiago from praying for him.
“I hope that my father will get to know God and receive salvation,” he says. “I know that every person can be saved, and they only need to know and accept Jesus Christ for that. I want my dad to know Him."
The young man is grateful to Bible League International supporters, knowing that his life has been forever changed.
"The program was essential to my life,” he says. “I want to thank you, Bible League, for the studies and my Bible. I know you work hard to send us these materials, and without them, the church cannot reach children like me here in Medellín. Thank you for the Word of God."
Project Philip is a Bible study program that trains local church members in evangelism and discipleship. Inspired by the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8, these Bible studies are the heart of Bible League’s ministry. Lessons are written for different age groups and multiple languages to help spread the Gospel to people across the world.