I was in shock. My heart sunk. Living in Guatemala you grow numb to these stories- but this was one of our Rhinos. I can't stop thinking about him. Been going back and reading journal entries about him, remembering all we went through. Here's an excerpt from one I posted to this blog in March of 2017:
"i am so excited to have this young man in our academy. i trust God brought him to us with specific purpose. and i am believing the light of Jesus will someday fill his heart, his home, his future home, and his future family. luis will one day know the God who promises to turn our sorrows into strength, our sadness to joy, and our tears to laughter!"
Luis was killed only a few days later. My heart is so hopeful that he surrendered his life to Christ! Maybe he was even killed for leaving the gang he had joined.
Please join us in praying for Luis's family. His dad recently passed. His mom is an addict and about as unstable as it gets. It's a situation in need of a miracle from the Lord.
“Brother Brock, this is why we preach the gospel! We never know what day will be our last, or when someone we know will take their last breath. I am so thankful that BVSA is gospel-centered! I know Luis heard the gospel there. And if he didn’t choose to follow Christ then, we know the seeds were planted. And those seeds got fertilized again when he came to me last week. The soil seemed soft and ready! I only hope he gave his life to Christ. This is why we must share the gospel with everyone we can! Thank you for sharing the gospel with young people in Buena Vista, and Travesia, and West Africa, and soon Quiche! Tell all the missionaries thank you! Let’s keep doing it every day that the Lord gives us! If we've received the gospel, our job is to proclaim the gospel! Thank you for planting seeds in Luis’s heart. We must trust that God blesses every seed planted, and He will care for and nurture every gospel seed planted! Thank you for making BVSA gospel-centered and Christ-centered. Everything, everything, everything we do must be Christ-centered.”