I can still
remember the very first meeting we had of the newly created charity
called The David/Jonathan Project of Ecuador. Our first meeting took
place in a mall in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2007. In attendance, Vince
Vetro, Pedro Rivadeneira and Mercedes Rivadeneira. It was around 4 pm in
the afternoon and we were sitting in the food court.
until this point I had been doing work in various parts of Ecuador but
it had been very informal. Pedro and Mercedes knew about my work and
were very interested in helping out. There was a great deal of
excitement combined with a real sense of anxiety. We had a vision of
what we wanted to do but did not have a clear path in which we would
was at this point that the first step forward was so important. The
anxiety of the unknown could certainly have stopped us from taking that
first step. The first steps in most endeavors into the unknown conjure
up the question, "But what if...?" But what if we can't find someone to
lend money too, but what if they do not pay us back, but what if people
make fun of us for the mistakes we will make, and the most important
one, but what if we fail.
First Step Forward:
Bringing pastors, and lay leaders together from different parts of
Ecuador and Mexico as we envision new steps moving forward.
I thank God for giving us the courage to take
that first step forward. I thank Him that He gave us His heart and that
it is better to give than to receive. I remember the first two people we
ever gave loans to. My good friend Sylvario and a woman I will never
forget Monica Cox. I remember them not just because they repaid multiple
loans; I remember them because God allowed our organization to play a
part in the story of their salvation and how their lives were changed as
they grew in their faith.
are hundreds upon hundreds of stories I can tell of helping people out
of poverty and watching their self-esteem grow as they developed
confidence in themselves. Many have come to faith and many are still on
there been challenges? I have just as many stories of struggle to tell
but they don't compare with the visions and memories of all the smiles
and tears of joy. Was that first step a good step? Was it the right
step? You bet ya!
you considering taking a new step forward, a move in a new direction
where the road is not clear? Have faith in the God who created all
things, in the God who put his heart into yours, and the God who
inspires you to dream the impossible.