Javier is the pastor of the Baptist Church of Maranatha in Paita, Peru. He is also one of HeartCry's most beloved and trusted leaders in South America. In the following report, he shares with us about the grace of God in the salvation of a fisherman. He explains to us how the Lord rescued this man from a tragic shipwreck in order to ultimately save him eternally in Christ Jesus. Please pray for the conversion of this man’s family and for his continued growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Houctong is a new brother that came to know the Lord just a few weeks ago. He was invited to come to our church by one of the brothers from our congregation, whose name is Salomon. After he had attended several of the services in our church, he told me that after hearing the preaching of the Word, it was clear that the Lord had changed his life. For many years this man worked as a fisherman. He told me the following:
“Pastor, I traveled around the world in a fishing boat with a Spanish company. That boat suffered a shipwreck, and everyone on the boat died, except for one other Peruvian man and me. I now believe that it was because God was determined to save me from my sins, and I thank my God for rescuing me. The other Spanish workers insulted us, asking us why it was that we Peruvians survived and not the other Spaniards. But now I understand that it was only by the grace of God that we survived.”
A few months ago, brother Houctong asked me to come and teach in his home. I went, along with a couple of other families from the church, and we had a service with his wife and one of his daughters. I ask you to pray for the salvation of Houctong’s entire family.