We’re Lost!

“This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.” John 18:9

After cutting it close on making our flight to Argentina, it was great to be walking the streets of Buenos Aries. Standing in the square below “Casa Rosada,” the Argentinian Presidential palace, where Eva Peron (Evita) once stood on the balcony, legendarily throwing pesos down to the people of Buenos Aries, was quite an experience.

Just 10 days ago, 5 million Argentine people were gathered in the streets to celebrate Argentina’s World Cup win, wow, I would love to have been there for that! With all its history and interesting sites, Buenos Aries has lots of problems. They have an inflation rate over 90% per year. The inflation problem is primarily from printing $, social give aways, and lots of Government corruption. They have a poverty rate of over 30% and a very apparent homeless problem.

Probably the most noticeable reality is the Godlessness that has crept into Argentinian Culture. A once vibrant Catholic Country is now mostly agnostic. Very sad to see!

After we finished our bus tour and grabbed lunch, we realized that we had wrong directions to where the shuttle bus would pick us up and take us back to the boat. We must have walked 5 miles trying to find the pick up location, until finally we realized “we’re lost!” We tried calling the boat, but the number we had would not go through on our cell phones. Finally, after several attempts to get correct directions we managed to find the location and our ride back to the boat.

When you are lost, there is no better feeling than being found again! What was once one of the most vibrant world economies with a vibrant Christian culture, now it citizens struggle to keep food on the table and a roof over their head. They brag about being the first country in S. America to legalize gay marriage and concede that their churches are more museums than they are houses of worship.

I was reminded that when I was lost God found me, and he desires to use me to help others who are lost find their way back to God. Tonight Mary-Beth and I had dinner with a couple we just met. The husband is 91 years old. He confessed to me that although he says he is a Lutheran, that he really does not believe in God. I asked him, how did he come to the conclusion that there is no God? He said “I know a lot of smart people who believe in God, but I have lost my faith, maybe it’s all the evil I see in the world.”

Thomas may have lost his faith, but I am encouraged by the words of John 18:9 when Jesus says “I have not lost one of those you gave me.” Say a prayer with me for Thomas that he will once again find his faith in God.

2 Comments

  1. T says:

    Glad you found your way!!! T

  2. Sue Paulson says:

    What an adventure you had today. I think you were put on that ship for a wonderful purpose, you and MaryBeth will be wonderful ambassadors for helping people find the Lord again, if they lost Him.

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