Our Adult Bible Fellowship recently supported a new missionary named Suzie Horta from Columbia, who will serve as a nurse on the largest, hospital ship in the world, the Mercy Ship/Africa. Suzie flies from Bogota, Colombia on Nov. 30, 2017, to Douala, Cameroon to meet the ship in port there and the 150 other doctors, nurses, technicians and spiritual counselors.
Susie recently received God's call to the Mercy Ship, but she is not new to missions. Her parents, Juan and Stella Horta, were in missions. Juan is a skilled pilot who got in and out of the marginal landing sites in Columbia (with no mishaps). The guerilla activity there was intense and planes were needed to transport materials and personnel into the jungle. He is now director of Ethos 360's (formerly New Tribes Mission’s) work in Latin America.
The Horta's were discipled by our Global Outreach Partners, Steve and Eida Irwin, who have been serving over 35 years in Central America, primarily in Colombia and Mexico. Having been raised in Venezuela, Steve has been using his fluency in Spanish to not only teach Latin American students, but also to translate biblical training materials into Spanish.
Steve was spiritually impacted by his parents, Glenn and Mary Irwin, who were our Global Outreach Partners who went out from our church in 1955 and served in Venezuela for 40 years.
From Glenn and Mary Irwin to Steve and Eida Irwin to Juan and Stella Horta to Suzie Horta: four spiritual "generations" following God's call! How beautiful to see missionaries passing the baton on to their children and to nationals who have also committed their lives to serving God as missionaries.
May the Lord's work continue to go on, from generation to generation!