We had missionary Ricardo Walker come in today to speak to our congregation. Awesome time and Ricardo rocked it!
It was weird in a good way. We’ve tried to do everything so non-traditional that when Ricardo came in with a keyboard and music, a traditional service seemed…well, non-traditional for us. It was also a great break for me, as it presented an opportunity for me to be preached to.
Ricardo is almost completely funded for his departure to France, so he’ll probably be leaving soon. If you get the chance to hear him speak or sing anywhere near you, I’d highly recommend it. One great aspect of his teaching that I pulled from both the sermon and the Q & A afterward is that when he spoke of France it already seemed like home to him. I like that. It’s going to make a tremendous difference with his ministry, that he’s at home with the people he’s reaching and not just a visitor for a few years.
Another great thing I noticed about Ricardo is that he’s highly relational, a real people person. He reminds me of Francis Chan that way. In a country like France where the vast majority of the people are unchurched, his relational ministry may be the key that reaches them. He’s also awesome with kids. Mine took to him right away.
Like I said, Ricardo is almost fully funded. Maybe God’s calling you to reach out to Europe through him. Wouldn’t it be cool if you were the person that helped him reach that magic number of ‘100% funded’?
My 5yo drew this pic of Ricardo playing the piano during the service. Ricardo- He even drew you with a halo!