Saturday, February 28, 2009

Who is Fide?

Fide's FamilyFidelino Galeano is the pastor in Villarrica Paraguay and he oversees the Isla Vega camp where we minister when we go to Paraguay.

His parents are Paraguayan, but he was raised most of his early life in Argentina and his only brother, with his wife and his family, still live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We call him Fide, which is short for Fidelino. His wife’s name is Laura. They were married in 1988. They have 6 children, 2 of which are twin boys.

By trade Fide is a carpenter. He works slow but his work is good and dependable when finished. The church does not fully support him so he works with his father, who is also a carpenter. Their expertise is in furniture, such as chairs, tables, wardrobes and cabinets. He did the carpenter work in our house in Paraguay, including wardrobes, kitchen table, chairs and cabinets.

I (Bro. Virgil) consider Fide to be our sixth child and I believe our five children consider him a brother. He lived with us for 7 years. He lived most of his early life in Argentina, but by birth he is a Paraguayan and had to do his military service in Paraguay, while his parents still lived in Argentina. He went to Paraguay to fulfill his military duty and at the same time attended the Bible School in Villarrica. He needed a place to stay, so we took him in and he shared a room with Randy. He also completed his high school education while living with us, attending classes with Craig and Gordon. While living with us he taught Gordon, Randy and Kendall to play the guitar. He continued to live in our house when we came home in 1982 and was there to help Bro. Doug and Kristi adjust to life in Paraguay when they went in 1983.

Since I came to know him as a young man, I have been impressed with his testimony, sincerity, faithfulness, dedication and patience as a true example of the believer. He has remained faithful to the message we so dearly love, without wavering nor being swayed by more popular movements taking place in Paraguay. He has stood firm on the principles we stand firm for here at Abundant Grace Fellowship. I don’t mean to praise a man or think of him more highly than I ought, but I do recognize Fide as a true and faithful brother in Christ, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, as Paul wrote of Epaphroditus in Phil. 2:25.

I can say of him, as Paul said of Timothy: "I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel." Phil 2:20-22 I believe Bro. Doug would tell you the same thing. We often say of Fide, "he only has 2 gears, slow and slower." Though he may not be as dynamic and charismatic as some other preachers and pastors, he is solid, and I will take solid over dynamic and charismatic any day. Through the years there have been issues and questions about people, congregations, and situations about which I needed a faithful opinion. Fide was and still is, the one I ask and with whom I consult. He does not have a personal agenda. As Timothy, he seeks not his own, but genuinely cares for the Lord’s flock.

(This was taken from an article written by Bro. Virgil Crook and I believe is a good description of Fide.)