Friday, July 10, 2020
Humberto. July 10 2020
“ It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statues. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver. “
Psalm 119: 71-72.
I had the privilege to met Humberto in Ecuador at the turn of the century. In the 60’s, Humberto, as a teenager gave his life to the Lord. In time he married and continued faithfully in his walk with God. Human tragedy struck his family when his wife died quite suddenly, leaving him with a small child to raise. In the early 70’s another tragedy struck Humberto. When clearing land in the jungle a tree fell on him and broke his back, severing his spinal chord. He was flown out of the jungle by MAF and taken to a mission hospital in Quito. After recovering, Humberto went back to the jungle to live the rest of his life in a wheelchair, he was a permanent paraplegic. While he continued to minister the Word in his community, the Lord laid it on his heart to help translate the Bible into his Shurr language. He began to thank the Lord for his accident because he never would have been able to dedicate himself to the translation project if he were not in a wheelchair. He was the only Shurr translator who completed all thirty years on this project. In August 2010 he was flown to Makuma where the main celebrations and distribution began with the completed Shuar Bible.
He was given special honour for his many years of tireless translation work. Humberto’s prayer had been, “ God, permit me to live until I can see the Bible in print.” God answered that prayer.
Father God allow me to be more like Humberto. Fully dedicated to you and your work despite the limitations he encountered by being a paraplegic. Lord you used him mightily and I pray that you will also use me in the same way. Fully devoted to you.