Each month a member of the Edify Team from around the globe will be reflecting on how God transforms our lives when we choose to follow Him. This month, Joel Cuadra, Peru’s Christian Transformation and Training Officer, discusses how God is currently rewriting his own story and the stories of the people around him.
One day, God gave me a promise. He revealed that I would someday have the opportunity to work in a place where my vocation was something relevant to helping my nation. However, for the past five years, I worked in other companies, focusing on worldly profits, not on people. In that time God showed me that there were things in my heart and my character that he wanted to polish (transform) before coming into this specific promise He had for me. After some time and through some difficulties, God revealed to me the purpose of that season and how He was using hardship for what was coming next. I had to let him shape me first.
God fulfilled His promise to me when He gave me a new opportunity for work. I took up the post to be Edify’s Transformation and Training Officer in Peru. This was such a different kind of vocation from my past work.
On my first day, I will never forget how I received more than 20 emails from Edify team members all around the world welcoming me to the “family”. I felt so overwhelmed and loved. Since then, I wake up each day and am grateful for the work the Lord has called me into. I enjoy each school visit, each training and each activity. I now understand and believe, that God is working through me to help my country to become stronger and overcome both economic and spiritual poverty.
As my story is being rewritten, the story of those around me is being rewritten as well. God is rewriting the story of proprietors, directors, teachers and children. I simply get to watch and be a part of His plan to rewrite someone else’s story, one person at a time.
God has a desire to rewrite each of our stories and transformation is a key element. He wants us to know His vision for our life. He has shown this to me through my story of joining Edify. God’s work in my life reminds me of the verse in Romans which says:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
In order to be changed, I must willingly allow God to transform my life from the inside out. And this starts by changing my worldview with His Word. I know this to be true firsthand.
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3
I thank God that He is rewriting my story in a way that I could not have even imagined and far better that I would have planned. Edify has been an important part of my transformation and now I have this verse (Habakuk 2:3) as an anchor, remembering that my life will always be “under construction” and that His ways and plans are better than mine.
Christian Transformation and Training Officer-Peru
Each month, Edify’s Christian Transformation Officers from the countries we work in around the globe will continue reflecting on how God transforms our lives when we choose to follow him. Stay tuned.
If you missed any of previous reflections, you can find them here.
Joel joined Edify in June 2016. His role is to support all of the Christian transformation activities, including following up with school directors and coordinating with training partners.
Joel graduated from IPAE Business School with a degree in marketing and has six years of work experience in the areas of marketing, administration and communications. Before joining Edify, Joel worked for Operation Blessing International as Director of Community Development & Evangelism / Public Relations Manager, visiting communities all around Peru.