Meet José Yimmy Peña Caicedo from Valle del Cauca, Colombia. That’s right, “Yimmy.”
José Yimmy was on his way to making a name for himself in professional soccer when a devastating hip injury brought it all to a crashing halt. He played forward for the “Patriotas,” “Total Chalaco,” and “Sport Ancash” in his all too short professional career.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, he remembers crying out to God, “I’m your child! Why would you allow such a thing to happen to me?” He fell into deep depression and self-pity. He was angry with God, stopped going to church, and for almost two years, forgot about God.
But God never forgot about Yimmy.
Two years after his hip injury, Yimmy was traveling in Colombia and learned of a group of Christians helping troubled teens living in poverty, turning to drugs, and heading to lives of great pain and ruin. He felt as if God was whispering to him, “You can help these young people.”
In an instant, Yimmy had a new purpose and direction. He prayed to the Lord, “Help me help these young people. They need you, and so do I.”
The rest of Yimmy’s story is now being written. He began a soccer school and a foundation to help get troubled teens out of poverty and off drugs. Knowing he needed a much deeper foundation with the Lord, he joined LOGOI. He began using our Bible resources to not only deepen his own walk with the Lord but then to teach the young men and women at his soccer schools who Jesus is. “Together,” he says, “we are learning how to become more and more like Christ.”
God has blessed Yimmy with a beautiful wife, three daughters and a busy soccer school full of troubled teens. He said, “I ask the Lord every single day to help me be the best husband and father I can be and to reach these young people with the Gospel. I have the best job in the world.”
Your gifts are used to help train and equip national missionaries like Yimmy to help proclaim the Gospel and make disciples all over the Spanish speaking world. Now you know a little more about one of them.