It’s easy to despair at the problems in the world, feel overwhelmed and ask, “Why doesn’t God save those poor people? Why doesn’t he do something?” Long-time ministry leader, John Bueno felt this way when faced with a seemingly overwhelming issue in El Salvador. The problem was so huge, devastating and pervasive that solving it appeared impossible. However, God led John to tackle this country-wide problem with small, simple steps and a faithful heart. This week, John joins us to share how God broke his heart and then opened an incredible opportunity for healing and redemption in this country he loves.
Key Questions from the Podcast
- How did Child Hope get started and what has been its effect on El Salvador?
- What do we do if God is calling us to do something, but we don’t have the resources for it?
The Bible says don't just pray for people in need, do something. – John Bueno
Sponsor a child through a ministry or bring a meal to neighbors. You can do great things for God or you can do small things for God that turn out to be a great impact on people. – Gary Wilkerson
In Zechariah it says not to despise the day of small beginnings, because God delights in small beginnings. It's a lesson for all of us. We start with what we have, with the doors that are open, and then we let the Lord do the rest. – John Bueno
All God expects us to do is what we can. If we're obedient, sensitive to what he asks us to do, the opportunities that he sets before us, then he gives us the ability to do even bigger things. But it's a process. – John Bueno
Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? – James 2:15-16
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. – Zechariah 4:10
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
About Gary Wilkerson
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.