My title for this post is very appropriate for a few reasons. The first is as most know, in missions you never completely know what to expect. With every day comes unexpected moments and schedule changes. The second and more important one is a question to God for me in this trip. Now what Lord? That is the question I have. The first month of training and ministry has been a big test of faith, yet an encouraging experience…..but the journey is not complete yet. I still have a month left in Mexico ministering and reaching our with the LOVE of CHRIST. The questions continue, and many may not be answered before I return to the states, but I expect God to do wonderous things in Mexico in the weeks to come. I wouldn´t be here if I didn`t believe that He was going to provide for us and be present in our ministry.
Oh no, the days are starting to run together :)….since my last post, I have finished my time in Guigovelga (one of 3 ministry sites that our team lived in). The days went fast, and I really do miss the ministry there and all of the relationships that began in our short 2 week period there. During our last 3 days there we held 2 children programs. They were full of energy (mostly from the children) and the children left singing the songs and friendships began. Each time I encounter those kids I am surrounded in joy and love. When I am with them I am reminded of the message that Jesus had about children and faith. The message says that we are to have faith like a child. I am a believer of that now, and I have learned so much from these children. Their joy, friendships, and just spontaneous energy reflects how we should be as mature Christians of strong faith.
The second children service was really a surprise to us. Ha ha, we were planning on a formal evening service for adults, but children were the ones that showed up :) This part of ministry was my favorite, for I have a much easier time connecting and communicating with the children.
On Friday we returned to Progreso with the rest of the teams and had a time of relaxation. We shared our testimonies about the trip in the last service with Pastor Nicolas. The service was special to us in more than one way. In the last part of it, we were asked to gather around the altar to be prayed for. It was a very intimate and I like to say electric experience for the SPIRIT was there and very real to us. Most of the church had gathered around us to prayer for us, and combined prayers in Spanish were beautiful to my ears, but more importantly; blessings to Him.
Since then we have travelled back to Juchitan (our starting point of the trip, AKA home base). Oh I can`t forget to mention the 4 hour drive through the night…….6 of us guys rode in the back on a truck through the mountains. The night was beautiful and I have never seen such a beautiful moon and clouds before. I am encouraged most when the team is just together. I sense comfort and love like nothing before as I sit closely with my friends….I will always cherish those moments.
Saturday was a days of feasts. We ate at Burger King for lunch!!! That was incredible for the American team, for we were really missing `American`food :) Justing sitting and eating greasy burgers reminded us of our homes and those that we love. It was a really important time to us, plus the burgers were just darn good too!!! Later we had birthday party with a person we met (in any other situation I would feel like we were crashing a birthday party – for we had never met the birthday girl) and we were fed plentifully. Later we were fed again, Claudia`s special garnachas.
Today has been a great day as well. We finished a church service earlier today with Claudia`s sister, the Pastor there. The service was good, and we were able to share of testimonies about Project Paul. Also, the worship leader`s name was Natanael (the Spanish spelling of my name)….I met him after the service, he is a pretty cool cat :) Now we are enjoying Mexico`s next game in the World Cup against Argentina. Our day stalls anytime that a game of this magnitude is on air…….Vamos Mexico!
Thanks for your prayers and support! I will never forget the sense of your love as your prayers come in from everywhere! I am little overwhelmed of His love every time that we come into a new church and find out later that they have been praying for our time. How did they know about us? Those moments remind me of His GRANDness and GREATness……His ministry in moving and continuing everywhere, even in your backyard!
Dios te bendiga!