I feel like it’s been quite a while since my last update, as Job contributed last month’s post. A lot has happened since I last wrote!
First, I’d like to share just a bit of my experience from the Agua Viva water project. I had never served on a short-term mission team before, so it was a new experience for me to take that approach. If I were to mention just one take-away from the week I would say I learned something about myself: just how easily I can get discouraged.
Throughout our time there among the people we were serving, the gospel was shared various times (morning, noon, and night) in various ways (word and deed). I thought, surely, by the end of the week there would be some lives transformed by the power of Christ. There would be some decisions made. There would be some clear results following our week-long visit. All week we openly shared our intention, our motive, our purpose for serving and the One who gave us that purpose.
Even still, when all was said and done, we left before we saw or heard commitments, dedications, or testimonies of lives given to Christ. I have to admit, I was a bit discouraged. Sure, lives were changed as we helped in the process of bringing water to 3 rural communities. Sure, friendships were made as we worked and played together as a group. But I kept thinking to myself, how can people be so blind?! How can they see, hear, feel, and touch God’s love but not accept Him and receive Him as King!
About a week later I was reading in Jeremiah and was reminded that oftentimes (more often than not) the people in the Old Testament did not listen or pay attention to the prophets that God sent to them. Even still God commanded His prophets to give His message. Then, later on I read in 1 Timothy 2 that we are commanded to pray and intercede on behalf of all people, for God wants all to be saved and to understand the Truth. Through these readings, combined with my experience from the trip, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Billy Graham: “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge, and my job to love.”
Pray against discouragement. Pray for me as I remember Billy Graham’s words: “my job is to love.”
Pray for the 2 Hondurans (Adolfo and Enemecio) continuing the water project, that minds and hearts would be opened to receiving the Living Water while they are working there among the community.
Pray for those I am loving (especially our ag help) that they would come to know and understand the Truth and accept Him as their King.
Pray for Walter, in the discipleship group, as he witnesses his faith during difficult situations in his family.
For all God is teaching me from my experience on the water project.