Eric Seguin is one of my best friends on this planet. He is currently living and teaching English in Isla Baru, Columbia – a community of about 5000 people who are all classification 0 or 1 (out of 6) poverty level (super poor). I asked him to share his journey with the REVOLUTION students. What he wrote absolutely blew me away.
Here is Eric’s story in his own words…
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Seeking Him each day and begging for His to carry this cry to action, God first revealed the true need in this world. According to the a few Joshua Project statistics: 1/3 of the planet’s population has never heard the Gospel! I have seen reports from the International Mission Board that the number is closer to 4 billion people! And of this number, 50,000+ die each day never hearing the Gospel message.
Next, the commands of Christ began to pierce my heart in a way that was amazing. From orphan care to potent words of the great commission, the Holy Spirit began to ask me if I truly believed them and if I did, to put all my chips in and commit! That “C” word was the hardest part, but for once in my life, I was given “the peace that transcends all understanding.”
Understanding how awful the devil is, I asked my family and close friends to constantly lift me up in prayer and to keep my accountable.
Through prayer and guidance from loved ones, I enrolled in Seminary while still maintaining my job. My tentative plan was to commit to graduate studies for the next several years and then to enter full-time mission work once I completed my Masters of Divinity. If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans!
As I started classes, I learned of an amazing opportunity that would have me teaching English within an underserved population in Isla Baru, Colombia with Harvard University. While this was a secular organization, I knew that the acquisition of the language and the opportunities to work with an International Mission Board team in Cartagena on the weekends was a divine opportunity! Pretty cool what God gives us when we search Him with all our hearts!
Fortunately, I was accepted to this program and I am now writing you from Cartagena, Colombia! My life has come full circle and in a couple hours I am going to one of the poorest barrios here, Nelson Mandela, to participate in an awesome ministry here that uses sports and chronological bible stories to reach the lost children here. They have also started a few home churches that have seen many Colombians come to know Jesus!
As my Spanish improves (adopted from Colombia- didn’t grow up here), I hope to become a more effective communicator of the Truth that is His Word! The reality is that while these people have absolutely nothing, they could have everything through Jesus Christ!
So please keep me in your prayers as I want nothing more than to become utterly dependant on Him and to be used in every capacity He would have for me here! Please keep Kendall and the International Mission Board team here in your prayers as they work very hard to reach the lost in Colombia! These are the real missionaries who have dropped everything they know and have for the Cross! These people are on the front lines and if you understood how fierce the spiritual warfare is for them, we would all drop to our knees right now.
Please pray for the families and children here in Colombia who live in oppression and fear! May they come to see and believe in the amazing creator God we know and love!
Lastly, I ask that you pray for one another and what God would have with your life. What does the great commission mean to you? What cry has he placed on your heart? While I miss my family, friends, and beloved dog Ellie, I know that the joy of being used by Him trumps everything! When the cards are all on the table for Him, we will always “clean house.”
Powerful, huh? What stuck out to you? How did God speak to you through this letter? What can you learn from Eric’s letter and life experience?