Hello family and friends!
Nothing really prepares you for that kind of phone call. When I saw the children’s school was calling in the middle of the day, my first thought was, “I hope everything is ok”. When the Principal said, “Mr. Cordero it’s about your daughter...” my anxiety shot through the roof. The Principal told me Emma was called into her office to talk about how sharing her faith with her Muslim classmate was causing some problems. Phew! So that was it? No broken bones? No strange sickness? No need for ambulance or fire trucks!?? Nope. Just a call to tell me that my 8 year old daughter, concerned about the eternal destination of her Muslim classmate, was sharing with him that he would be going to hell if he didn’t believe in Jesus as his Savior. The school didn’t mind that she was sharing her faith, it’s just that she was emphasizing the “going to hell” part and he had asked her to stop. He was getting uncomfortable. I had to be honest with the Principal and let her know that we encourage our children to share their faith but would certainly address the manner in which she does it. Like I said, nothing really prepares you for that kind of call. We had a very sweet and prayerful discussion with Emma that night. We didn’t want to discourage her from sharing her faith but wanted to let her know that she can certainly plant the seed and let the Holy Spirit do the rest of the work.
1 Peter 3:15--but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being
prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope
that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
I wrestled with a few questions that night. How come no one asks me to stop sharing my faith? Answer: because I don’t share. How come people who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior aren’t uncomfortable around me? Answer: because I don’t have the boldness of an 8 year old to tell the lost the single most important thing they will ever need to know! Romans 10:17 says: “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ”. And how will they hear if we don’t go and tell them? Well…I learned a lesson from Emma; as God’s children we are missionary’s every day. In our homes. In our schools. In our neighborhoods. In the pet store. At work. And yes…in Eastern Oregon.
On June 23th our family will head to the small town of Ukiah, Oregon for a week with several other families from our church with an ultimate goal of serving and making disciples.
2 Corinthians 5:20—Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us.
We are excited to see the opportunities that God has is store for us to love and serve our neighbor. Although Ukiah only has 186 people in the entire town, it’s a town with significant physical and spiritual need. Ukiah’s median household income is nearly $6,000 less than the state average and the unemployment percentage is significantly above the state average. The percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregation is 7% less than the rest of the U.S. And, those that are “religious”, 65% are either Catholic, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist…only 4.8% are Christian.
During the week we’ll be putting on Vacation Bible School, working on service projects and doing other forms of Community Outreach. The preparation we are doing ahead of time is really helping us to be better equipped to confidently share the good news with anyone who is ready and willing to hear! In order for us to serve on this short term mission trip though, there are some things we do need from our family and friends.
We are hoping that you would consider supporting us in one or both of the following areas:
1) Prayer. Please consider praying that the Holy Spirit will move in the lives of the families that our team will come in contact with. Our ultimate goal is to see Him glorified and lives changed. Please consider praying for health and stamina for our family as we serve and that we remain focused on selfless giving. Also, consider praying that each member of our family will be impacted and moved individually as we share God’s word.
2) Financially. Our family needs to raise $800.00 to fully fund this trip. If you are able and willing to help in this way please send checks or money orders to Salem Heights Church (375 Madrona Ave Salem, OR 97302) by JUNE 15TH. Please put ‘Cordero Family’ in the memo line!
As we prepare for this trip I continue to think about how precious it was that Emma truly didn’t want to see her classmate perish and felt the need to share. She has inspired me to try and take every opportunity I can to share with other’s the hope that I have in Jesus. Your support helps make that happen. We truly appreciate any form of support you’re able to help with, either prayer or with funding for our trip (or both!).
Blessings to you,Billy, Cathy, Will, Emma and Lincoln