Heart of a Lion

Every once in awhile you meet someone who’s living a life that makes you realize that, no matter how well you think you’re doing, you still have a long way to go.

As I begin my time at our summer medical missions project, God has used Pastor Jose Salas to convict and encourage me about the way I view evangelism.  But more than that, I’ve seen in him the bold faith in God necessary to do it with consistency and passion.

Pastor Salas is open in sharing about the dramatic transformation that God worked in his life nearly seven years ago.  After several brushes with death, he’s excited about the chance to live for Christ and share what he’s experienced with others.

This afternoon, he led us on a walking tour of the neighborhood.  It was several minutes after we returned that Pastor Salas burst into the door and joked with us that we had left him behind.

In reality, though, Pastor Salas had run into several young men on the street he had never seen before.  He saw it as an opportunity to engage the men and ask them about where they stood with Christ.  When they confided they were not Christians, he offered them the hope they could have in Christ and invited them to church.

After you spend a little time with him, you get the sense he does this all the time.  For me, watching Pastor Salas today was a powerful reminder of what Paul says in Romans 1:16 –

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

I’m thankful to God for this living reminder to put my hope not in myself, but in God and the power of the gospel.  My prayer is that God will use his example to encourage me, and our entire team, to grow in faith that will lead us to boldly share the good news wherever we go.

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About Bryan Stoudt

On my personal website (bryanstoudt.com), I help Christians follow Jesus in a noisy, broken world. I also have the privilege of helping Philadelphia's healthcare students and professionals do this as Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). More information at cmdaphiladelphia.org. On a personal note, I'm fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, Sharon. Together, we have four fantastic children. In my spare time, I enjoy roasting coffee, running, reading and learning foreign languages.
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