July 11, 2016
Limitless is one of those terms that I can’t really can’t wrap my mind around. Without limit: how can a limited brain, with limited capacity, comprehend something that goes beyond boundaries? It can’t be done, but our limitless God calls us to explore his incomprehensibility. We at Adventure In Missions see God at work each and every day and sometimes it’s easy to forget about the awe of it all, how God takes things that are seemingly never going to change and transforms them. Willing people + an almighty God = revolution. This journey to El Cacao marks my first ever mission trip. I’ve been pretty successful at coming up with excuses in the past for not going on mission trips. Whether they were legitimate or not, I’ve been able to ignore the tugs at my heart for 22 years to be the hands & feet of God overseas. I’ve heard it said that people are creatures of habit; that saying is oh-so-applicable to me! I know what works for me and I rarely stray away from that! I very much enjoy working hard and then rewarding myself with leisure and recreation. God has always held my heart, but I don’t know if I can say that I ever gave a piece of my heart to “the least of these”. Although I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember, this trip has been eye-opening. I’ve discovered areas of growth in my life that need to change, areas that I never would have addressed had I not been removed from my American comforts. Back home, I can get away with not trusting Jesus with my whole heart, and I often fall into that temptation without even knowing it. These past 2 weeks, however, have allowed me to see my faith in a new light. I can honestly say that no experience in my past can compare with reading through my favorite Bible passage (1 Peter 1:24-25) with an 8 year old Honduran girl, and then having her read me hers (Galatians 5) in Spanish. Watching the wheels turning in young people’s minds at youth group as they hear God’s Word. Seeing the gratitude in patients’ eyes as they leave with fresh stitches or after receiving the care of a doctor or nurse. Overcoming language barriers by lifting hands, clapping, and praising the same God. How God can take a service team of Hondurans, Canadians, & Americans and unite them as one body. Estan cosas hermosas. Whenever I feel inconvenienced or start to miss the luxuries of home, I am reminded that minor discomforts are nothing in the grand scheme of things. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:10: “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I struggle with giving my time to things that I don’t see worth in. If I can’t identify value in a task, chances are fairly high that I won’t give 100% to it. However, there are a few things in life that have an immense and obvious value in them, and I boldly say that spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ is one of them.