a blessing for hundreds
FAITH IN ACTION: Leo’s parents, Delia and Hipólito Ojeda, opened their hearts and home to Leo’s friends of the JAM.Twenty-one-year-old Leo stopped to catch his breath and look around. The water of a running brook reflected his happy expression. The beauty of nature moved him to sing and thank God. How unfortunate that he had left his accordion at home! His beloved instrument was more than 1,500 miles (more than 2,400 km) north, at his parents’ home in a small town called Hermoso Campo.
TEAMWORK: The JAM group, together with the Ojeda family and some Adventist brothers and sisters from surrounding towns in front of the partially constructed church.On the tiny living room wall were some colorful pictures. Leo had painted and given them to his mom before traveling to the south of Argentina to sell books so that he would be able to pay his school fees for his sophomore year as a communication major at River Plate Adventist University. Leo was his parents’ pride and hope, someone who—so they reasoned—could open doors for their younger children to also get an education.
FIRST FRUIT: The builder who continued work on the church was also the first person baptized.Pastor Arias talked about this idea with Marly Müller, a youth group leader from the university church. Together they started to pray so that the Lord would show them what to do. There was a new spark in their hearts that would not be put out!
Leo Ojeda.y day, before dawn and very late at night, the JAM group members knelt to thank God for His ongoing miracles. A mission fire raced through Hermoso Campo. As soon as the sun set, both visitors and builders were metamorphosed into a “perfect” team of young evangelists. The young people led the meetings themselves, giving lectures on the eight natural remedies and guiding people toward God, a newfound trust in His Word, and the blessed hope and comfort of knowing that Jesus is alive and loves everyone.
TEACHING MOMENT: Primary education students reached out to the many children of Hermoso Campo.More than a year later, the young people of JAM hold to their dream: they want to see the church building finished. Every Sabbath, they keep meeting to pray for the town they have come to love with all their hearts. Every day at 7 a.m. they pray for those studying the Bible and for the new converts. Some of them travel from time to time to Hermoso Campo to attend baptismal services and to keep in touch with the Ojedas and their newfound church family. The university group and the people of Hermoso Campo have even managed to worship together in real time at least once, by using a cell phone connected to a speaker!