I recently participated in a series of conferences throughout Chile, South America. We went through the cities of Chillán, La Serena, and Santiago with Dr. Stuart Burgess, a university professor in England and spacecraft designer for NASA and ESA (European Space Agency), as well as with engineer Arturo Valdebenito of the Sapiencia Foundation in Chile. God opened the doors for us to proclaim the infallible Word of God at various universities, schools, and churches for which I am very grateful. He also provided some unique opportunities as we did ministry. We were granted the privilege of a private meeting with the mayor of Chillán, Sergio Zarzar, and the governor of Diguillín, Paola Becker Villa, attended one of the conferences.
Chillán’s Mayor, Sergio Zarzar, is a gracious gentleman. He comes from an Israeli family and was born in Bethlehem. He listened attentively to our message and then spoke to us about the veracity of the Scriptures and the tremendous impact the evangelical community has had in the area. From there, we were able to talk to him of the eternal hope offered by Another who was also born in Bethlehem. In the end, he allowed me to pray for him.
That same day, we launched the tour in Chillán, sponsored by the Sapiencia Foundation. To our great surprise, in the front row sat governor Paola Becker Villa from the Provincia of Diguillín, to which the City of Chillán belongs. At first, she told us that due to other commitments, she could only stay an hour, but ultimately, she stayed for two whole talks and was highly fascinated with the content presented. Afterward in an interview, she expressed her gratitude. Until now she had not been able to find answers to many doubts she had concerning the Bible, but they were answered at the conference.
God is using Answers in Genesis as a tool throughout many countries of the world to answer people's doubts about the veracity and historicity of the biblical account of origins. We always take advantage of these opportunities to exalt the name of Christ, who offers the forgiveness of our sins through the gift of salvation, before the participants of our events and the readers of our material. As the Psalmist says, "I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame” (Psalm 119:46).
With all our blessings come also challenges. I want to take this opportunity to present you with two challenges and ask you, dear readers, a great favor.
The first challenge: Apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith) is growing not only in Hispanic countries, but also around the world, and every believer is responsible for how they use this information. Answers in Genesis offers tools to equip the Church and challenge the skeptics with a biblical gospel. Although we use lots of pieces of evidence, we always submit them to the authority of the Scriptures, since any evidence used to "authenticate" the Bible itself is submitted to the erroneous, fallible and clouded reasoning of man.
I recognize the hand of God in our ministry, but I can also discern the subtleness of more liberal and dangerous ideas used in apologetics that deny the authority of the Bible not only in Hispanic countries but also around the world. I pray the Lord may unite us in truth to carry the unadulterated message of the gospel (which is found in Genesis 1: 1 through Revelation 22:21) to a lost world. And if the history of the Church is to teach us something, it is that God only blesses these efforts whenever we return to his infallible and inerrant Word.
The second challenge is that we should not be ashamed of the Word of God (with all its historical affirmations: beginning with creation, the global flood, etc.) before a skeptical world. There may be a temptation for many to present a diluted form of the gospel that may seem more compliant and less dogmatic to a skeptical world, but the problem is spiritual, not intellectual. No person will be lost because they could not reconcile historical, natural, and spiritual claims of the Bible with a "neutral" intellect.
And the favor that I ask you is to pray for us. It is not easy to stand before professors and students in universities and present the gospel, while several of them are just waiting for the right moment to pounce and discredit the message. It is not easy to travel from city to city, country to country, and maintain a noble and humble spirit before so many people, in so many circumstances and, at the same time, attend to the families we leave at home. Please, pray for us as you are part of this essential team that brings before the throne of glory the work he has commanded us to do.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:18–19)
Let us continue proclaiming the hope and light of the gospel in this fallen and darkened world with one common goal: Soli Deo Gloria! (To God be the Glory!)
Thankful for your prayers,