I would like to share with you today the story of the light that sprang up in the heart of Mireya, a sweet little Peruvian girl who lived in Argentina.
Like many missionaries when we arrived to our mission field, we knew no one in our city of over a million people. But by the time we left in 2011, God had given us a huge family. This is part of missions. Matthew 4:16 says, “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”
Sonya, Laura and Mireya came from Peru seeking a better life in Argentina but found so much more richness in Jesus Christ. The seed of the Gospel was planted in their hearts through the radio ministry. Mireya’s grandmother, Sonya, listened to the radio nearly every morning as she worked in her sewing shop. She heard a man talking about having a life worth living, an abundant life that could only be found through Jesus Christ. After the program he would invite everyone to visit the church.
This is when I met Mireya and her family for the first time. Mireya was 8 years old. That day her mother and grandmother stayed behind to talk to me for a very long time and we established a time for discipleship. Shortly after this they both received Christ as their Savior.
In the Bible Club, Mireya one day also accepted Christ as Savior. She would always run up to me and give me a huge hug every time she saw me. She loved coming to church. She also loved it when I would visit her family in their neighborhood. Many times she and her little brother, Pablo, would walk me through the streets and make sure I made it safely back to my car.
One day Mireya became very sick. She had no strength and could barely walk. The doctors told her mother that she had a brain tumor and that she would not be going back home. She had only a few weeks to live. As Mireya lay sick in the hospital, she would ask her grandmother to read the Bible to her and her mom to sing the song we taught the children in the Bible club, “I just keep trusting the Lord as I walk along.” One day she fell into a coma and never woke. The doctors would ask her mother how she could be so calm knowing that her daughter would not be healed and all she could say was that she had a church that loved her and was praying for her and that she knew where Mireya would spend eternity. God’s grace.
This a true story about a life that was changed. A little Peruvian girl living in Argentina, who only knew the Lord for 4 years before she met Him face to face. As we live our lives focused on self, can we not think for a minute on others around the world who have still not heard the good news of the Gospel? This is why missions is so important. What will you do so others will hear?