Manny Fernandez, the President of World Link Ministries, had planted a number of churches in Cuba and shared the Gospel to hundreds of people by the time he met Bebo.
With church planting, you teach eager Christians how to go out into the world and continue spreading God's message.
You train them to become church planters themselves, so the number of people God can reach exponentially grows.
was accustomed to training many church planters over the years, most of whom were younger, more agile individuals.
One day a very elderly man came to Manny
name was Bebo
had gotten word of Manny's mission work and church planting efforts and wanted to help, but what separated Bebo from other church planters was his
At 78 years old, Bebo
was just realizing his
, "I fought in the Bay of Pigs, I received all these medals as being a decorated soldier, but it's never put a CUC (Cuban currency) in my pocket, and never put bread on my table.
Here I am, at this late point of my life, I have no treasures in heaven, there has been no fruit in my life.
I am realizing I haven't done anything to advance the Kingdom and I want to help."
At 78, it was hard for Manny
to be sure how successful his
time spent training Bebo
How many people could Bebo
possibly reach with such little time left in his
How many people could Manny reach if he
used that time, instead, to train younger church planters?
doubts, a persistent Bebo convinced Manny
to train him, and soon, he
became a church planter himself.
Bebo's Church Planting Legacy
Only a few years later, at 81 years old, Bebo
was right, Bebo hadn't had much time left.
In those three years, Bebo
was only able to plant four churches.
Four sounds like a small number to most church planters, but that number does not always reflect the type of impact a person made.
got the news of Bebo's passing, he
also learned something incredible powerful.
learned that Bebo's
wife was still alive, and carrying on Bebo's mission.
In fact, she
was still ministering and giving leadership at Bebo's fourth church.
In addition, Manny
had taught his
son, Yaniel, of God's word.
Yaniel followed his
father's footsteps in church planting.
In fact, Yaniel had planted over 90 churches, all thanks to his