Archive for January, 2018

Jan 31

Rodrigo Barrera’s Passing

2018 | by admin | Category: Announcement

Carol and Rodrigo Barrera

Dear Church,

Rodrigo Barrera went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Since 2004, Desert Springs Church has partnered with Rodrigo and his wife, Carol, to reach the Mayan Achi living in Guatemala. The Barreras faithfully served the Achi through translating the Bible into the Achi language and through the making of disciples. For over three decades they have served as missionaries, including during the difficult time of the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996).

In 2010, numerous members and leaders of Desert Springs flew down to Guatemala to join the Barreras in celebration of the completion of the Achi New Testament. The village of San Miguel had a parade down the middle of the street to celebrate; little Achi children were even seen running around in cardboard boxes dressed up as Bibles!

Since the completion of the New Testament, the Barreras helped to form an indigenous Old Testament translation team. They also accompanied DSC twice a year for our mission trips-for our annual pastoral training trip in January and for our medical trip in May. Rodrigo was known for his warm, welcoming personality. If you sat in his house during the afternoons, you could witness young Achi men come to visit him for counseling and prayer.

We will miss our gospel partner, but not for long. We look forward to the day when we will join him in the presence of our King. We are thankful for God’s work in Rodrigo. We praise Him for Rodigro’s salvation and for enabling him to persevere in the faith until the end of his days on this earth.

Please join us in prayer for his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.