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By: Trey Russell on: February 27, 2013
Story Type: Story    

Scandalous Grace, Part 3: Alex's Story

 
Alex was a runner. When both parents walked out, he and his 8 brothers and sisters were forced to fend for themselves. He was the first one to try to make it to America, so he took off running. He eventually made it, became a legal immigrant, and planned to stake his new life in Texas.

He arrived to America not knowing a single word of English, but he was determined. He read the newspaper every day and soaked up every bit of English that he could handle. Not long after he set up his new life in America, through events that could be orchestrated by none other than God himself, Alex became a Christian.

Not long after that, he felt God calling him back to Honduras. He didn't want to though, so he took off running again — this time in the opposite direction — to Canada. It's no wonder that Alex calls himself a modern day Jonah. 

It didn't take but a few years in Canada for Alex to realize that God still wanted him back in Honduras. This time, instead of running away, Alex obeyed. He returned to Honduras where he is now a pastor. He studies God's Word diligently, and is currently in the process of translating commentaries into Spanish for use in discipleship. He believes with all his heart that Honduras' greatest need is the gospel, so he has devoted his life to proclaiming it to his national brothers and sisters.

These are three incredible testimonies of men that I have the privilege of serving alongside. With each one, the gospel becomes more and more real to me. Our death and depravity discussed in Ephesians 2 only becomes more real.  The power of the saving blood Christ discussed in Hebrews 9 only becomes more incredible. 

Behold our God! What a glorious master we serve! What a scandalous God we serve, who takes the broken, the angry, the bitter, the hurting, and the addicted, and turns them into instruments for multiplication of his Kingdom. God's plan for the redemption of this world will not be thwarted. How amazing it is that our God saves! How awesome it is that our God redeems, that he brings the dead to life! 

Trey Russell serves with Camino in Honduras.

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