[anzac] "AN APOSTLE I KNEW" - Touching Story

Message: < previous - next > : Reply : Subscribe : Cleanse
Home   : August 2008 : Group Archive : Group : All Groups

From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 22:12:40 +1200
NOTE:  This is a touching story - that makes a very important point.

"An APOSTLE I KNEW" 
-by Grover.    

Much ado is being made about modern day apostles and prophets. 
We hear of new "apostolic" networks and ministries, with their 
"impartation meetings" and "apostolic anointings." Everybody who 
is somebody in the body of Christ is now an apostle. Even the 
prophets are becoming apostles. Maybe the pastors are becoming 
prophets to fill the vacuum? Apostles are people who are sent by 
God to a specific people or for a specific mission. We've often 
used the word "missionary" in place of "apostle" because of the 
connotation. By definition, an apostle is a "sent one." 

Anyway, the Lord reminded me of a very special apostle that I 
spent time with early in my Christian walk. His name was Tacho. 
He was probably in his mid 50's when Edith and I met him. He had 
been a laborer for most of his life, barely spoke English and was 
illiterate. He and his wife (Elfida) had been Catholic most of their 
lives, until meeting Jesus and being baptized in the Holy Spirit by 
a supernatural encounter. When Tacho was baptized in the Holy 
Spirit, he suddenly was able to read the Bible, both in English and 
in Spanish. We spent a lot of time with Tacho and Elfida, mostly 
in the ghettos of Mexico. I remember many times when Tacho 
stood up in the streets to preach the gospel, Elfida would fall to 
her knees and cry out to God, battling in the heavenlies, and the 
glory of God would fall on those filty streets. Demons screamed 
and left, people were healed and delivered, witches converted to 
Jesus, it was a glorious time. Edith and I learned through their 
example the role of husband and wife in a spiritual war that battled 
for the souls and hearts of men. 

I never heard Tacho speak of anything except Jesus, even in 
conversations with others on the team. Jesus was his passion, his 
only vision, his entire life. Elfida was always right beside him, 
supporting, battling, praying for needs. What a powerful team that 
God had put together as a witness to His life and glory. These 
simple people had the most profound effect on our lives. They 
never elevated themselves in any manner, were always totally 
humble and poured themselves out to the poor people that they 
were sent to. When they weren't on the streets, they pastored 
some of the little churches that met in shacks and byways. They 
were always feeding the poor, taking clothing and necessities, 
even giving food and Christmas presents to sometimes thousands 
of children. 

Edith and I didn't speak much Spanish, but we always knew what 
was being preached (in Spanish) by the Spirit. Once Tacho told 
me that the Spirit had told him to blow on someone and they fell 
down in the Spirit. He was humbled and amazed that God would 
use him like that. He truly did what the Spirit told him. 

Nobody ever told Tacho that he was an apostle. He only thought 
of himself as a humble servant of the wonderful God who had 
saved him and filled him with His Spirit. I believe he served 
faithfully until he died as an unknown soldier of the Lord. Tacho 
was the greatest example of an apostle that I have ever personally 
known, though we grew up with several others who had similar 
callings. Tacho was the one who was of the least value to the 
world, but of immense value to the kingdom of God 

I have no idea how many souls were touched by the Lord through 
this precious saint. If I had asked him, I'm sure he would have had 
no idea that he had touched them. . . he only knew that the Lord 
had touched them. I suspect that hundreds, perhaps thousands of 
folks had a personal encounter with Jesus as Tacho crossed their 
path. Jesus working in a simple, devoted, humble vessel that 
hardly was aware of anything other than his Lord. If I could send a 
message to Tacho in heaven, I would say, "Tacho, I want to be 
like you when I grow up!" 

God bless you all, and God bless you, Tacho....

~Found on the Forum at-  http://www.revivalschool.com