When missionary Don Wolfram connected with Pastor José and his wife, Sofy, in Colombia, he knew they were exactly the kind of leaders Missionary Ventures is seeking to empower. He equipped Pastor José with training and encouragement, and helped acquire a plot of land and a roof for a church. Even with just a dirt floor, people began coming to the church for services and Bible training classes.
“The students poured in!” Don says. They built some basic lodging rooms and the vision began to grow. “The real passion and need was to be able to host anyone in need at any time,” says Don. “Call ‘em: Restoration Rooms! Or ‘Always Ready Rooms’ for walking out one-on-one discipleship.”
“Pastor José thrives in this area,” he adds. “José is caring, patient, determined and sets a wonderful example. He is a man of prayer and fasting. He will walk alongside anyone, through whatever for as long as it takes. Be it moral or integrity failures, drug or alcohol addiction, depression, broken marriages, anything. Christ offers liberty, but sometimes we just need someone to walk alongside us through the restoration process. With a place to stay, food, a warm reception and love, people started getting the healing that they needed.”
Then the vision expanded even more, to have more rooms to cater to abused women and girls. “Sofy has come to a launching point where she is now helping ladies with tragic pasts just as she had as a child,” Don explains. “She is kind and tender and wise and has so much depth of heart for this. She is very shy, but very bold when it comes to speaking life into hurt people.”
When people like Pastor José and Sofy are empowered, things begin to multiply. Don has seen this first hand in Colombia. “Everything we do gets tied into the Great Commission, then the seminary, the students, their communities, their practical application, their going out and sharing and teaching and preaching as they learn and are mentored in how to apply and practice what they are studying. Ps. José walks this out with them daily and on a full-time basis. Others come in and help with the teaching and logistics, but José and Sofy are the real boots on the ground for restoration. As Ps. José likes to say: “How about an applause for God!”
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