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“All I Want To Do is Change A City…”—Part I

           In 1960, Rudy Johnson, his wife and 3 young children headed to Peru to plant a church.  The work was hard, and they were not joined by any co laborers for nearly 7 years.


            But the church grew through persistence and faithfulness.  In fact, the church planted more than 40 more churches.  It’s been estimated that this church has now influenced 128 million people.


            By 1976, Rudy and his wife were ready to retire so they returned home to Miami, FL.  There, he bought a house next to his son and his grandchildren.  As a favor to his son, he agreed to lead a missions team to another part of Peru—Cusco, Peru.


            Despite his objections, Rudy sensed God’s calling to Cusco.  He sold his house, and returned to the field.  I met Rudy in the Fall of 2000, where he indicated he was looking for the first $750,000 to acquire the property and start a church and school in Cusco.  To this day I remember Rudy’s plea:  “All I want to do is to change a city…”


            Read about the outcome of Rudy’s plea in my next blog.  But for now, focus upon his words and their challenge.  How many of us would pray for a city, and ask that God use us to change that city?  Perhaps, we should start today.  Such is the generous life.

About Bill High

Bill High is an author of several books and co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: You can find him at and sign up for his blogs there.

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