Gabriela is the wife of Walter Isse, a teacher in Lima, Peru. They have two sons: Walter Hernan (5) and Franco Alejandro (3).
I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to share what the Lord is doing among us in Peru. It has been three years since we started with HeartCry, which has been a great blessing for my home, the brethren, and the community. We serve in La Iglesia Bíblica Gracia Eterna in Lima. June marked our six-year wedding anniversary; it has been a time of adaptation and death to the flesh for the both of us—for which I give glory to God.
This time has been beautiful in that we have seen various brothers and sisters arrive who are young in the faith and thirsty for God. A small group of women have begun to pray together regularly, and little by little we are seeing the results of our cries. In our church, the majority coming are new brothers and sisters in the faith who have some knowledge of God. Our work consists of studying with them both the meaning of the gospel and the evidences of conversion. I will share with you the case of a young lady who arrived and began to take courses on the Doctrines of Grace, believing that that was what she lacked for her life in Christ to have the greatest strength. She is a dear sister: very servant-like for the work of the Lord. However, she went through a desert time, and through the study of the Scriptures about what it means to be a disciple of Christ she was able to discover that in her life, Christ is sufficient; He is the foundation of everything, and faith in Him is the means of salvation. I see her persevering, and it gives me such joy. Like her, there are several young ladies who are coming with the desire to know our Lord. I ask for your prayers for me to be able to lead them closer to Christ.
Also, I would like to share what the Lord has been working in our lives as a family. It’s been one year since we had noticed in our son, Franco, certain characteristics that were different from a typical two-year-old child. We decided to investigate; it turned out that, of the twenty-four characteristics a child with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) has, he had sixteen of them. It was a very hard time…. We cried and put him before our God. In spite of the signs, we could not yet confirm that he was autistic before working with him and taking him to get an actual diagnosis.
We took him to several neurologists, who had differing opinions. We then decided to wait and work with him at home. I saw an improvement, but there were still days full of frustration and much uncertainty. But in spite of all of this, God remained so faithful!
A year passed, and according to the advice of good friends and brothers and sisters, we took our son to a Peruvian State hospital that specialized in children. There they confirmed that Franco had autism.
Brothers and sisters, I tell you that that day was hard; great pain came to my heart. However, leaving the hospital with my baby in my arms, with tears in my eyes, I saw the sun shine in a beautiful way; it shined and did not burn—to see a clear sky in Lima in the month of May is rare. Thus, I could see again the goodness of my God. The only thing I could say was: “‘Lead me to the rock that is higher than I’ [Psalm 61:2]––let me see my Lord Jesus; He is all that we need! Father, give us wisdom; today we need it in a special way, for our life will be different.” Brethren, the Lord united us more; He gave humility and grace from our brothers and sisters—who are willing to learn what we are going to learn.
There is no doubt that God uses adverse situations in our lives in order for Him
to shine His attributes, that we might be able to recognize who He is!
God has been so good in allowing us to experience anew the love of our families, brethren, and neighbors. Beyond comprehension, new doors have been opened. It has given us the opportunity to increase our mission field––in buses that transport us to the rehabilitation center for our son. It has given a new momentum to our service as missionaries. I give glory to God for that! We have come to know God in another way.
Another reason to give thanks to God is that more than a year ago I had studied Titus 2:1-5 and was able to learn the design of God for my life and see my tremendous need for a mentor. After much prayer, God has since given me three sisters who have been a great blessing for my life. Each one of them has been raised up to pray one for another. They are each in different stages of life, and it is a delight to be able to share with them. I have learned in this time that God has blessed me with three sisters to be able to pray together, learn together, and apply what is learned in each of our lives. We meet every fifteen days to seek the will of the Lord, and it has created a bond of friendship in the Lord, full of encouragement and open hearts and the desire to give Him glory with our lives. I also give thanks because a sister arrived a few months ago who has experience in being a missionary and a pastor’s wife for years. She is very sweet and loving; she and her husband are great examples for us.
To conclude, I again thank our great and loving God for granting me this space and time to share what He has been privately teaching me. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). My husband and I have been taught in many ways recently. We have seen with much heaviness and pain that we have deceived ourselves several times thinking and making decisions for our family in a “rational” way. We were not conscious, until now, that we passed over the counsel of God and of others. We have learned that even in the smallest things, we should put before Him our paths before taking action. For that God says to us: “Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds Me, finds life and obtains favor from the LORD. But he who sins against Me injures himself; all those who hate Me love death.” (Proverbs 8:34-36). Glory to God for His Word!
May the Lord greatly bless you, give you wisdom, and grow you in the knowledge of Him every day until He returns!
In Christ Jesus,
Gabriela Gallardo de Isse