Proclaiming God’s Word on Ecuadorian TV

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Patricio Paredes being interviewed with Pastor Carlos

Relationships drive the ministry of Leadership Resources… they connect us with the right pastors, with the right donors, and with the right staff to spread the Word of God worldwide.

Earlier this summer in the tropical city of Portoviejo, Ecuador, we saw a relationship bear fruit in a way that we never expected.

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Juan Torres sharing his message from Philemon

Two of our students in the Training National Trainers program, Oscar Paul and Alexander, assembled a group of local pastors and church leaders to train them in the book of Ruth. Among the group of twenty-five church leaders was a random assortment of ministry roles: pastors, pastors’ wives, church leaders, a president of a pastors association, and a friend of Oscar Paul named Pastor Carlos Rodriguez, who hosts a daily 90-minute TV Christian program on Televisión Manabita (Manabi is the province of Portoviejo).

Even though he could only attend the first night of training, Pastor Carlos liked what he saw so much that he invited Patricio Paredes (LRI’s Latin America Director), Juan Torres (a trainer with LRI), and Oscar Paul (our trainee in Portoviejo) to share about the LRI ministry and preach a sermon on air!

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Oscar Paul and the TV host

During our 90-minute slot, Patricio shared the importance of preaching the Word and Juan preached a powerful message from Philemon that left a great impression on many who listened, including Pastor Carlos.*

We praise God for this special opportunity to preach His Word across the airwaves!

This is just one snapshot into one of many fruitful relationships working together for the spread of God’s Word in Ecuador and around the world.

We also thank God for our relationship with you and the fruitful partnership God allows us to share. It may seem trite to say this, but it doesn’t make it any less true: we cannot do this work without the faithful support of partners like you.

To God be the glory!

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PS: Today our Ecuador fund is actually in the red. We haven’t had as much support come in for Ecuador as we thought, even though it’s such a great work. Would you please consider a special gift this month for our work in Ecuador to continue the spread of the Word through gifted (and connected!) men like Oscar Paul and Alexander?

*I realize most of you don’t speak Spanish, but we’ve uploaded highlights from the broadcast to our YouTube Channel! Here is one highlight.

For Spanish speakers, here’s a portion of our time on the program.

Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.