(Venezuela CNSAM). On October 6, 2013, at 90 years of age, Pastor Saúl Mujica passed on to heaven.
A native of Casanare, Venezuela, Pastor Saúl was born on June 4, 1923. He was married to María Valentina Sánchez for 15 years. He was widowed from his first wife in 1973. He had 16 children: Calixto, Berteberta, Kleidy, Nancy, Homero, Rosalba, María Elena, Luis, Pedro, Petra, Gloria, José, Zulma, Carlos, José y María Soledad. The family grew giving Pastor Saúl the delight of enjoying 47 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Saul Mujica met the Lord at 56 years of age and was baptized less than a year after his conversión. He clung fiercely to his faith in Christ and shared his testimony with his family becoming a bridge so that many of them would also accept God in their lives.
He lived his last 34 years committed to the service of God and the Church of the Nazarene, serving primarily as a layman, trustee, steward, treasurer of the Barinas, Venezuela, Church of the Nazarene and a member of the advisory board of that district.
When he was 65 years old he began his pastoral ministry in the mission of the Church of the Nazarene in the sector Los Pozones in Venezuela, while at the same time preparing himself in theological studies. He was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in 1994.
Miguel Pradro, a young man, who from the time he was a child attended the mission of Los Pozones, wrote about Pastor Saúl: “…How could one forget a valiant man, passionate in love for his family and the church, who dedicated his last thirty years to a very noble and special cause, “THE GOSPEL”, giving of his love, strength, money, time, knowledge, experience and more. It was special to know him. I remember one of his expressions, “I am prepared to go to the dwelling place like a rocket. I already have my ticket” …What assurance!
Rev. Carlos Cordero said: “In this time of pain and inevitable sadness, we remember that this is one of his goals fulfilled, to go to his eternal dwelling place with his Heavenly Father. We need to cultivate the legacy that he left, so that we may continue giving marvelous fruit just as he gave to us; I encourage the family and the church to do this. The best way to honor Brother Saúl is not just remembering him, but following his example which is worthy of imitating. One of his passions was to see his family, church and friends live in holiness, to be saved… How can we forget his advice filled with encouragement and wisdom. Pastor, we will miss you! He is and will be in history a great man of God, a true legend!”
Source: Rev. Carlos Cordero.
Edited by: Susana Cabral.
Translation by: Evelyn Ovando.