Mark Blosser and his wife, Cinthia are ministering in an orphanage in Ecuador. But that’s not where this all started.
Mark's calling and ministry really began when he was born; his parents dedicated him to serve wherever God saw fit. At 19 years old, he moved to Ecuador with his family.
From there, the Lord led him to begin helping in a local church, where he met his wife. After they were married, the church commissioned them to go plant a church. Then, after pastoring for about 2 ½ years, the Lord led them to minister in the orphanage, which is where we’re picking up their story.
In our time together, we talked about:
- God's call on his life
- A miraculous healing
- Some amazing provision
- Some directions God may be taking Mark and his family in the future, including some community outreach
Life in Ministry
Mark's parents dedicated him to Christ and His service even at birth. Every step of his life has been preparation for what God is doing in his life and will do in the future.
He felt called to the mission field at 11 years old at a missions conference at his church. That's when god lit a fire to serve Him and be a missionary. And he was baptized in water the next day.
He's lived in a wide variety of situations and areas. And sometimes the transitions are radical; his living situation now is significantly different from just 6 months ago.
He and his family live in a missionary community within a small town but they are just 15 minutes away from a large town. There is a lot of variety and the people are wonderful and loving.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot Click To Tweet
May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering! - Monrovian missionary Click To Tweet
A Constant Reminder
Mark's challenge is also a constant reminder of God's faithfulness living with him. He and his wife moved about 15 hours away when she was 3 months pregnant. Because of the long move and the hard roads, there were a number of complications. Their son was born at 36 weeks with a number of complications.
What they thought was a routine checkup turned into a rushed trip to a special clinic 2 hours away. But people were praying and God did something amazing. Something that astounded doctors.
A Financial Challenge
For many years, Mark and his wife have lived by faith in their finances. God has always come through, even when they haven't shared their specific needs with people.
One time, they desperately needed $350 and cried out to God. God provided for them using a man who was not a believer, through a lady who they barely knew and who had lost their contact information.
Because of she'd lost their contact information, their provision came at just the right time. But it all started they prayed. And it was exactly what they asked God for.Life isn't always a bed of roses. But God is always faithful. Click To Tweet
Several months ago, Mark's wife had been feeling that God was calling them to move on from the pastorate and where they were. While Mark didn't feel the same way, there was some unrest.
They began to seek God regarding where He might be leading them and what they should be doing. They began to feel that God was leading them to a different kind of ministry and many people were speaking into their lives.
Then one day…
Mark received a call that started them on the next leg of their journey and to where they are today.
Mark has a number of roles he fills at the Casa de Fe (House of Hope). Some are administrative, such as translating and scheduling. But he feels that all of that is temporary. Because part of his job is at the chapel.
He feels that God may be moving him in that direction – into a counseling role with both the workers and the children. They have 57 children and about another 50 personnel. And he has the desire to move beyond that, reaching out to the community.
The orphanage can be a lighthouse for the community around them.
Significance in the Marketplace
Holding the Rope
Mark shared the illustration of one person entering a pit to reach the people in the pit and bring them out. They have to hold on to a rope, a lifeline, for support and protection when they go down.
Whenever one person goes down, several people are needed to hold on to the rope in order to sustain that person.For every person serving in a foreign field, we need people to support them. Click To Tweet Wherever we are is a ministry field. Click To Tweet Wherever we are is where God has called us. Click To Tweet
God has called us to be ambassadors where we are. It's in the way we live and what we do that affects the people where we are.The marketplace is a huge ministry to share the Gospel and raise support. Click To Tweet
One of the most important things is personal contact. Mark reminded us that missionaries often face spiritual and physical challenges as they seek to save lost souls in the enemy's territory. Just a phone call or a letter can be amazing.
Mark reminded us, from his experience, that just sending a response to an email or newsletter can be important and encouraging. It helps missionaries see that people really are listening, really do care, and really are praying.
And, always pass the word on. Sometimes the people we think won't care or help become strong supporters.
- How hard it can be to study and minister at the same time.
Best AdviceJust because it's a good thing or a biblical thing doesn't mean that it's God's will. Click To Tweet Don't settle for anything good when you can do better. Click To Tweet
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)
Personal Success Habit
- Listening to others, spending time with others.
- Love and accept everybody like Jesus accepts them. He will change them.
Shifts in SocietyIt's important to get to know people first. Click To Tweet
Mark reminds us to become a friend, listen and learn the culture. Even Jesus spent time getting to know people. We can all share the Word when we speak but our lives can speak, too.
- He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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