Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Remarkable Pastor

I shared this on my Facebook page but wanted to put it here as well.  This picture is of Santiago Rosales, pastor of the Primera Iglesia Bautista (FBC) of San Marcos.  He's one of my heroes among the pastors I've gotten to know in the last 6 years or so of conducting leadership training conferences for pastors and leaders in western Guatemala.  This shot is of him in his carpentry workshop, displaying a bunk bed that he and his crew are finishing up.

A word about his helpers . . . .  These young boys are former street kids who lived on the streets and eked out a meager existence by shining shoes.  For the past 15 years or so, Pastor Santiago and his wife have taken in street kids, housing and feeding them initially in their own 2-bedroom parsonage behind the church.  They've had as many as 8 or 9 of these young men living with them at one time.  Pastor Santiago ensures that they attend school and then he's teaching them carpentry skills so they can earn a decent living when they finish school.  What they make and sell also helps provide for their living expenses.  Our church plus FBC Farmington, MO donated funds a few years back to build a dorm to help house these young fellows.  It was great to spend a couple of days in his church the week before last conducting medical clinics, fitting folks with reading glasses, distributing bags of food to needy families, etc.

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