From CMI’s Executive Director

Encuentro con Dios Church Pastor, Eduardo Mercon, during interview with CMI’s Craig Murray (Executive Director) and Robby Fowler (CMI friend and consultant).

“We’ve learned to be grateful.”

I am still reflecting on these words spoken by Pastor Eduardo Mercon during an interview for our an article in our CMI Fall Encounter Newsletter.

Eduardo pastors in Venezuela — a country that has unraveled in every conceivable way. The once crowded capital streets are noticeably quiet. Basic medicines are hard to find. Eduardo’s own home gets water one hour a day. Electricity is sporadic. This is the new norm (pre-pandemic, mind you).

But here in the U.S., we get annoyed when our grocery store is out of our favorite chips.

So, in our recent interview, we point-blank asked him how he would encourage us “chip grumblers” as we experience suffering around the pandemic.

“We’ve learned to be grateful for everything we have,” replied Eduardo. “We are grateful for little things. For water. For electricity. For food.”

Eduardo is a living testimony to the contentment offered to us in the gospel. It has nothing to do with what we possess. It has everything to do with the love poured out for us in Christ. Jesus proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the Father’s generosity. This transforms the posture of our heart.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

This summer I spent hours struggling to stop a leaking water spigot at my house. If I still had hair it would be out by now. But I never paused to think how blessed I am that my main concern is stopping water from running rather than wondering if there will be any water to run.

I’m grateful CMI has friends like Eduardo and his heart of thanksgiving amid suffering. What a privilege to lock arms with pastors who are content to trust in Jesus independent of circumstances, comforts, or a bag of their favorite chips.

In Christ,

Craig Murray
Executive Director •
Church Ministries International