Job Gámez promised God at age nine that he would be a missionary. Now, many years later, he has fulfilled and is continuing to fulfill that promise and is now working with The Bucket Ministry and other organizations for the glory of God.
Gámez grew up in a Christian family in Honduras and watched his parents establish and lead a church. At age six, Gámez accepted Christ. He was nine years old when missionaries first visited his church. He said he told one of the missionaries that he would be one someday, even though he did not fully understand what that meant.
“I didn’t know what a missionary does, but I knew I wanted to be a missionary,” Gámez said. “And I promised God that I was going to serve him.”
Though he committed to this at an early age, Gámez said his path was not straightforward. He obtained a degree in forestry and began working for different organizations that helped farmers in Honduras. After quitting to become a consultant, Gámez met the woman who would eventually become his wife, who was visiting on a mission trip from Kansas. After they married, the two began working as independent missionaries.
Gámez became involved with TBM through Serve Hope, a Honduran coffee shop and mission organization. After TBM’s trip to Honduras, Gámez was chosen as TBM’s Director of Operations in Honduras. He said the need was great for the clean, safe drinking water that TBM helps provide.
“Families that do not have clean water have to go and carry water, dirty water, from a well, from a creek, from a spring, from a river,” Gámez said. “All that [doesn’t] mean [anything] when after the first sip, they get sick.”
Gámez said he saw a great opportunity to further God’s Kingdom with the help of TBM.
“If we have that support from The Bucket Ministry and Serve Hope to help farmers, we have access to more communities to share the Gospel,” Gámez said. “And we also have the pastors in Honduras who can share the Gospel, as well, kind of making a huge wave for the church to share the Gospel through disciples.”
Through his time in missions, including with TBM, Gámez said he realized that prayer was an important part of the work for the glory of God.
“This ministry requires a lot of prayers,” Gámez said. “It’s [may seem like] just buckets and the helping of the people in the countryside, but we are called to more than that. Constant prayer helps you … to keep serving in the right perspective for God to share the gospel. [Without prayer], it can lose the perspective of impacting the spiritual lives of the people. So, what we require is an army of warriors praying for the field, for safety in the field, for safety in the road, and also that people will use the filter in the right way. … It’s hard to see the impact of the prayers, but it’s there. When we pray, we prepare the field with the prayers; the impact is better and bigger and will last longer.“
Gámez said he was excited to continue his work with TBM and saw the long term impact of the ministry.
“TBM is people that care about the people on the other side of the border,” Gámez said. “Filters are going to be helping generations. Like, 20 years of having clean water will keep a family healthy for 20 years. That is not something you can find easily.”