Missionaries Without Boundaries /  Nathan Lloyd-Jones Newsletter June 19, 2018

A friend of mine got killed…

This story is a very personal story and it hurts to write it because it is so fresh in my heart and mind. If I can, I want to put life back into perspective; God has definitely used it to do so in my life.

Every month I go to the city to bring in supplies. While I’m in town I get my hair cut at a little barber shop. I had become good friends with the young barber, his name was James and he was 26 years old. He spoke very good English; he learned to cut hair and speak English in prison in the states. I would joke with him how he had the United States to thank for his business skills.

Last year I saw a Jehovah’s witness book in his store. Someone had left there in the reading pile and that’s how we began to discuss Christ together.  The last time we visited, he said to me, “Every one thinks they’re right. So how do you know who’s right? I think the bottom line is you try to live a good, honest life.” I took the opportunity to share the Gospel with him. I ended with this statement, “I want to encourage you to read the Bible and figure out what to believe. Because in the end it’s just you and God; you don’t want to just assume you’re doing good enough. God gave us a guide book so we can know exactly what’s right.”

A few days ago, I walked up to the shop. The owner of the building was replacing the front window and the room was empty.
He informed me that James had been killed infront of his store for not paying extortion fees to the gangs. The attitude of the building owner was that it was James’ own fault and that he was foolish for not paying. He spoke so matter-of-factly and numbly as he spoke of James.
I walked away with tears in my eyes. I didn’t realize that my last visit with James was the last visit maybe for all eternity. I’m glad I spoke to him, but I can’t help but feel that I could of said more. We never know when it’s going to be our last time to get to share God’s great love with those he puts in our lives. I guess I want to say this, when you feel God open a door to share the gospel don’t be complacent about it. Train yourself to be tuned in the the Holy Spirit’s leading. Life is short and time is precious. I’ll keep it short and simple.

In other news, we just had a group from New York. The time we had with them was very special and we got to see God work through them.

We will be having a graduation ceremony on the 30th of this month for some of our graduating pastors.
I will continue in studying on with two of the pastors (Dalis and Digna Blanco) for another two years.

In family news, we are all doing well. Evelyn, Aiden, and Tristen really love Nehemiah and take good care of him. Rebecca and I are remembering what it’s like to not get much sleep again but we are always so thankful that the Lord blessed us with another child.
Aiden will be turning 11 next week and wants to go camping for his birthday, so we are planning a trip together.

Please pray for my father-in-law, Frank Monterroso, he’s had some medical issues this year and had to get a biopsy last week. Save my wife, there is no one that gives me more encouragement and council then Frank, and I pray that he will have all he needs for this time of testing.

There is much more to say but I’ll save it for our next update.

Love you all,

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2

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