"A lot of people would say that to preach the gospel here is very difficult," says church planter Heidi of Quebrada de Agua in El Salvador. "But," she continues with conviction, "I firmly believe God can do great things."
Heidi had to go house to house to introduce herself to the people of the area and to gain their trust. El Salvador is a very dangerous country and gangs control the neighborhoods. But Heidi knew her calling and knew the people of Quebrada de Agua needed to hear about the true God.
During her door-to-door visits, Heidi met Esperanza. This mother of three opened her home to Heidi to hold Bible studies there. Esperanza is so happy to be able to hear the Word of God every week. "I feel joyful when I learn from the Bible. My kids like to participate in the studies too," says Esperanza.
Because Heidi reached out to the people and prayed for them, they began to attend the studies. However, not everyone wants to change their lives to reflect their newfound faith.
"The people here are good but the problem is when they need to live out the Word – it is difficult for them to leave their sin and their old practices, but I believe the Holy Spirit continues to work in them and the Word will give fruit in God's time," Heidi says with confidence.
Heidi prays for the people of this community and that they stand firm and are strengthened to face the temptations of their old lives.
In the picture on the left, Heidi sits with Esperanza (left) and another member of their church.