Posted on January 30, 2021 Pray for Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes regional consultant in theological education and leadership development in Iberoamerica and the Caribbean.

Mercy teaches, mentors and walks alongside men and women that are following God’s call in their lives. She works with colleagues and local leaders to provide resources such as retreats and workshops. Mercy is also part of a team of global servants that are collaborating with Palmer Seminary in a new Online master’s in theological studies in Spanish. Learning using this medium makes higher education accessible to many people. “I love to see the emotion and gratitude in the eyes of the students, they are truly thankful for this opportunity to stretch for the Kingdom of God. God is indeed doing a new thing”. 

She writes –  

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones. 

                                                                                Psalm 116 NRSV  

During the past year, many of us have mourned the loss of precious ones to the grasps of this unknown virus called Covid. Today, I am mourning the loss of one of our students. A wonderful man with a joyful spirit and warmth. He was part of our second Brazil cohort and he participated in our master’s program with passion and dedication. He wanted to better himself so he could be a better minister to those that depended upon him. He was looking forward to his graduation and has left a hole in the hearts of those that loved him. 

The truth is I did not know Ronan all that well. I knew he was a good student, he handed in his work on time, he did not complain about the reading, but what I remember the most from him was his smile and his joy. I … am praying that God will use his life to bless others. I would add that Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones because their lives are also precious to our Lord. May God’s love and comfort reign in the hearts of those that mourn Ronan. 

See Mercy’s full journal at Precious to the Lord… International Ministries