Rose had a passion to reach a people group situated in the Horn of Africa. Accessing them was another question altogether. She knew she couldn’t do it alone.
Rose is a member of a church in Mexico and a teacher by trade. As she grew in relationship with church leadership, they pointed her to the mission field. However, they couldn’t afford to send, equip and sustain her work as a missionary alone. They soon realized they didn’t have to be on their own. Her pastor recruited 15 other churches across Mexico and Panama and cast a vision for them to financially support Rose.
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These Latin American churches are determined to see Africans come to know Christ. Recently, a small group from her church came to Africa to see how the Lord was working.
“My pastor told me to remember that when I’m on the field, I need to be focused on what I’m doing there,” Rose explained. “He said their work and ministry as a church is to share what the Lord is doing among nations through me, and how [God’s] calling the church to work together.”
On the other side of the world, Rose partnered with IMB workers Thomas and Lori Beth Bain’s team as a global missionary partner. Before arriving, she worked on learning English; knowing if she wanted to partner with a team of Americans, she’d probably need to speak their language. Providentially, Thomas was fluent in Spanish. This helped Rose’s language studies greatly as she also had to learn the local language.
Rose’s language lessons paid off, and missionaries describe her as a true asset to the team. This is a relationship that is advancing the gospel in a hard-to-reach part of the world. Even though security issues have forced her to relocate with the IMB team multiple times, she’s remained laser-focused on reaching the diaspora of her people group. Her contributions to the team have been invaluable, the Bains shared.
Rose’s Mexican passport allows her greater access to a hard-to-reach people than her American partners. The people she has been called to are farmers and tend livestock. They have no running water or electricity. Lately, their shepherds have replaced their staffs for rifles, as their land has been under attack.
Conflict and arid land aren’t the only hostile things among them. Their hearts are hostile to the gospel. Those who do come to faith among them, Thomas likened “to the cactus where they produce fruit even in desert climates.”
Rose is dedicated to being out in the community, wherever she goes, making connections with these people God has laid on her heart.
Ways to pray
Pray for ministry among Rose’s people group to flourish, even as they experience ongoing political conflict. Her passion is to see the lost come to saving faith.
Pray the coalition of Latin American churches grows in relationship with the IMB as we reach the nations together.
Pray more of Rose’s family in Mexico come to faith as she pours her life out across the globe.
Some names may have been changed for security purposes.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Myriah Snyder and originally published by the International Mission Board.