The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Pastor Ino Mallespin has served the Lord in faithful mission service in various contexts for many years. From Nicaragua to New Orleands to The Woodlands, Pastor Mallespin has always sought to comfort others through the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Now, diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic/liver cancer that is inoperable Mallespin continues to proclaim the comfort of Christ even in the face of death.
While he prays for healing and strength, he also prays that he has more opportunity to share the message of forgiveness of sins and hope in Christ those who need in the midst of this circumstances.
"He is so passionate about preaching the gospel," said Rev. David Kim, LINC Mission Director, "His love for the Lord, humor and optimism in Christ is so contagious."
Echoing Pastor Kim's sentiments, Rev. Richard Noack, pastor of Trinity Klein where Mallespin based his ministry to the Hispanic community for the last two years, said, "Pastor Ino possesses an amazing faith and unique manner to see that God is good to him even now."
However, he added, "This news comes as a big shock. We had very high hopes for Hispanic ministry in our community with Pastor Ino’s leadership, so this news is hard to understand."
Recently, Mallespin returned from a 15-month battle with disease and disability and started again a Bible study with famiies from an ESL program at Trinity Klein with hopes to host church services in the near future.
For now, those plans are on hold indefinitely as Mallespin and his family deal with the current round of chemotherapy treatment.
Even still, their ministry continues as they witness to others in the midst of their ordeal.
Pastor Mallespin and his wife Maria said, "We see the gracious hands of God even in the midst of suffering, pain and affliction and how God is moving through all His people by taking care of them in details."
Certainly, this reflection is indicative of the hope we all have in Jesus Christ. That even though we die, we live in Him and are glorified with Him in resurrection. This is the hope that Mallespin always seeks to pass onto others.
"It is amazing," said Pastor Kim, "they are ready whatever end outcomes and continue to witness to the resurrection even now."
In this difficult time LINC Houston encourages you to pray for strength, hope, healing and a peace that surpasses all understanding for Pastor Ino Mallespin, his wife and two sons and all their friends and colleagues at Trinity Klein and LINC Houston.