By Katherine Holt, OGTC Student
Chaco, a semi-arid region composing sixty percent of Paraguay’s land area, has recently experienced widespread wildfires. These fires have been busy consuming wildlife and any vegetation that was left in the area. National authorities have asked their neighboring countries to assist in the attempt to quench these deadly flames. Because this disaster knows no borders, countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina have been affected as well. Two firefighting aircrafts have arrived to assist the Paraguayans in saving as many lives as possible.
As this occurs, it is inevitable to think of the eternal lake of fire. This fire knows no borders, knows no good deeds, knows no economic standing, and is known for having no mercy. Without the eternal guarantee of having one’s name written in the book that can only be opened by the Lamb, utter chaos ensues. It is only by His grace and His testimony of divine truth that we Christians can fearlessly face tomorrow. But what about the Paraguayans who have never heard of the Lamb? What about tombstones containing the corpses of souls groaning in hell as they beg you to reach their loved ones. Remember the rich man and Lazarus? The request was for but a drop of water to cool the tongue. Where will the people of Paraguay spend eternity? Will they cry with the rich man, or will they feast and joyfully sing praises alongside Lazarus? How will they hear without a preacher? You have heard, you have received, now you must go. Who will go to Paraguay?
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8