David and Rosemarie DiTrolio know the power and trustworthiness of the Lord. As they lead Paraguay’s four ChildHope (formerly Latin America ChildCare) schools, the DiTrolios often face complex situations. In such times, they state, they trust fully in wisdom from God’s Word and Spirit.
“We have been with ChildHope schools since 1994,” the DiTrolios say. “In the presence of God, time has no meaning. Paraguay is not an easy field, but it is a wide open one! We see a lot of opposition coming from and caused by the enemy, yet Paraguayans are very open to the gospel. We just depend on the Holy Spirit.”
“It is all the Lord,” Rosemarie says. “We start our days on our knees, worshipping the Lord and declaring our inability to do anything apart from Him. We want to glorify Jesus, and that is all.”
They believe clear teaching illuminated by the Holy Spirit is necessary to Paraguay’s ongoing redemption.
“ChildHope is an evangelistic tool,” says David. “We are upfront about our teachings of Jesus. Yet many parents of different religious persuasions are willing to bring their kids due to the superior education they know their children will receive. We use the platform we have to reach whole families.”
Rosemarie connects the ministry of the Holy Spirit with the necessary personal diligence of study. “Education from a Christian viewpoint allows Jesus and the Holy Spirit to transform our thinking,” she insists.
ChildHope schools use Global University materials in Christian education classes from Pre-K through 12th grade.
“Our desire is to reach our students (and their families) for Jesus from the youngest age possible,” the DiTrolios say. They hire Christian teachers who teach academic subjects from a Christian viewpoint as well as AG Bible school graduates who serve as chaplains and teach and minister in ChildHope Christian education classes, chapels and retreats.
The DiTrolios have seen evidence of that transformation in neighborhoods surrounding the ChildHope schools. The longer the gospel witness has been present through the local AG church and ChildHope school, the more a community has dramatically changed for the better.
“We take such joy in those kinds of transformations,” the DiTrolios say. “It is not uncommon for kids to be filled with the Holy Spirit in class. One third-grade girl, full of the Holy Spirit, went home and laid hands on and prayed for her sick mother. Her mother was healed! Students graduate, marry other students, and bring their children to the schools. Students become our spiritual children and grandchildren. And we rejoice when students go on to become leaders and ministers of all kinds.”
In the face of opposition, whether religious, political, or financial, the Lord has continually shielded ChildHope in Paraguay, and provided miraculously.
In one such case, at the Cristo es Rey (Christ is King) campus, land for expansion became available after Jesus appeared in a vision to the owner of the property next door. Though she wished to sell her property, the woman had refused to negotiate with ChildHope as she had recently been the victim of a bad business deal. One night, Jesus came to her in a dream, quieting her fears and urging her to trust the general director of Cristo es Rey. Following the dream, the lady asked for a meeting with David and made arrangements to sell her property to the school. She also became a firm follower of Jesus.
Watch for more about missions in Paraguay in the March 2020 WorldView cover feature, “Paraguay: Trustworthy Jesus, Transforming Spirit.”