Yo Soy Argentino

(Arvin Serra, Fulltimer to Argentina)

I no longer consider myself Filipino, Yo soy Argentino; so that I may win Argentinos, for my Lord, Jesus Christ.

In a few days, it would already be my fourth month of living here in Argentina. In the past four months I have received countless blessings and Graces from the Lord. Truly He had been faithful to His promises that He would take care of me and give me joy, while serving him fully here.However, the past four months have truly been very difficult as well. It’s very humbling to let go of everything you know, and be forced to adapt to their culture. From renouncing my beloved Real Madrid as the best football club in the world, because here it’s Boca Juniors or nothing; to eating nothing but asado, milanesa, pasta and pizza because these are supposedly the ‘best food int the world’ and missing my pinoy favorites, such as adobo, sinigang, kare-kare etc.; to drinking Mate, a weird concoction of herbs; to cut my hair, to mimic the hair-style of football players here, to overhauling how I viewed my fashion-style because here it’s, football jackets, jackets, jackets! To washing the dishes every single day and night, cleaning the toilet, sweeping the floors; to sleeping in -3 to -4 degrees every night; to occasionally not eating dinner because it’s a Latin American cultural thing , to being humbled. ALL FOR THE SAKE OF FURTHERING THE MISSION HERE IN ARGENTINA. I do this, trying my hardest to be Argentino and hopefully earning the love and respect of the people here in the process, solely, for the sake of proclaiming the Gospel to these people. They will never listen to you if you force your way to them, because to them they are the best and there is no one else. Therefore, the only way is to be like them.

“If i proclaim the Gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe betide me if I do not proclaim the Gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation, I may make the Gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the Gospel. For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law, I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law, I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak, I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I HAVE BECOME ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE, SO THAT I MIGHT BY ANY MEANS SAVE SOME. I DO IT FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL, SO THAT I MAY SHARE IN ITS BLESSINGS.” – 1Corinthians 9:16-23

Yo soy Argentino.

Thank you Lord for stripping me to my bare nothing, allowing me to be a slave to the Argentinos, in the hope that I may gain everything in the end; that I may win some of them, only by your Grace