When the heart stops…

Pastor Saul with on of his grandsons, Eli

On September 3rd, the day that Saul Romero was planning on presiding over his youngest sister’s wedding, he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital where he was held in stable but critical condition.  Care, testing and procedures are much slower to get done in Honduras.

Pastor Saul is a special part of the Jubilee family.  His first connection to Jubilee was through his son, David Romero, but he has become more like a beloved father and grandfather to so many here at Jubilee.  He designed, managed, and supervised the construction of Jubilee’s School Building in 2014 & 2015.  This year he has continued to support Jubilee as our Building Manager and Jack-of-all-trades handy man.

Being part of the fun on Crazy Hat day!

Being part of the fun on Crazy Hat day!

His calling to construction management and design, however, has certainly not been his only call.  His first call was always to the Lord and to serving His church.  Saul has worked as a leader and now pastor of his church in Tegucigalpa for 40 years.  While he is excellent at designing  structures and knowing the depth of foundations and the thickness of rebar needed, his greatest passion and joy is found teaching and preaching God’s word, counseling in tough life situations, and sharing the gospel.  Even on his hospital bed, while he could hardly speak, he was sharing the Good News with doctors, nurses, and hospital workers.

His presence exudes joy, friendship, and love.  If his smile doesn’t get you to smile back, his cheerful whistling and love for jokes and riddles will.  When news of his heart attack spread to his extended family, his church family, and Jubilee staff and students, the outpouring of love and prayers was overwhelming.  The great overflow of concern made us realize even more deeply how many lives he has touched and how he is loved by so many.

Monday morning, two days after Pastor Saul’s heart attack, our 6th grade teacher, Mr. Ramon, led all the students to get on their knees in a powerful time of prayer and intercession.  Students continue to send their cards to Pastor Saul, and they keep telling us how much they miss him and how much they continue to pray for him.

We praise God that after having stints placed in the partially blocked arteries, Pastor Saul is doing much better!  We are hoping and praying that he will be back to Jubilee in just a few short weeks.  Everyone misses the loving and friendly presence of our brother, father, and grandfather Saul!  Please continue to pray with us for complete healing and recovered strength!  As long as there is strength in his body, there is still so much Kingdom work left for Pastor Saul to do!

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