I'm excited about being CVMs new Executive Director.
I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 2013. My life was falling apart, and I was willing to try anything or talk to anyone who could help. My aunt directed me to her local church. I met with this pastor, and he shared the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus changed my life. As I grew in my understanding of who He is and what His plan is for my life, I became willing to do anything for Jesus. I left my own business and started working for the church where I met Jesus. I knew I needed a deeper understanding of what the Bible says, so I went back to graduate school. The more I learned about what Jesus called all of us to do, the more I struggled with the cultural Christianity that I was experiencing.
In Mark 16, Jesus does something that no one has ever done. He rose from the grave. He beat death. And He paid my sin debt. He came back to the men he had been hanging out with him for the past three years. What happens next is crazy. Jesus rebukes them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen. And then He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Jesus told his top guys to go, so I’m all in. I want to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. I quit my church job, and I joined Caribbean Vision Ministries. While I’m still trying to figure out how to tell the whole world, let’s focus on our southern neighbors - the Caribbean. There are some dark places not far from our borders that need the truth and hope of Jesus.
There are over 700 islands in the Caribbean, represented by 26 different countries. As you can imagine, we can’t individually go to every hard-to-reach village in this region, but at CVM, we can connect with people from these villages, and together we can help them launch their local churches. These men in the Caribbean have a passion for telling their islands about Jesus but don’t have the resources or knowledge to make it a reality. In America, we know who Jesus is and the wealth to move the Gospel.
What if we can connect American Christians to Caribbean church leaders that need encouragement and training? What if this sparked exponential gospel opportunities at home and abroad? What if it awakened Christians in America to once again have the passion that burned so bright when they first encountered Him?
CVM is already in 3 of these 26 different countries with plans to enter more soon. We’re continually training and building a network of Caribbean men who will lead their local communities to Christ. Why wouldn’t you use your resources to assist others in telling their communities about Christ? But, what if you can’t go? You can still send someone who can!
If you can go, then let’s go! I’m going to assist the local church because the Bible says the local church is the hope of the world, and through the church, the Gospel is proclaimed. My local church told me about Jesus to go into all the world and reach people with the gospel, and I am going to start in the Caribbean. Who’s with me?
David L. Stacy