Grace and peace to you! I have the pleasure of sharing with you about our first day at San Francisco Del Norte, a town about an hour up into the mountains north of Somotillo, and how we participated with the Lord there.
The trip to San Francisco was beautiful. Not only did we have the rare opportunity to see Cortez trees, (which only bloom three days out of the year) but we also saw the handy work of the Lord in the majesty of the mountains. That was the perfect start to the day.
When we arrived, we started working. The church was under construction, and we helped out by tamping dirt, carrying blocks, sifting sand, painting metal beams that will be roof trusses, and a few other ways. But the focus was not our physical work. After roughly an hour and a half of work, Jeff gathered all the workers for a siesta. We all stood in a semicircle, and we got to hear Bill Johnson and Mike Brady’s testimony. This was the focus of the week.
"Sharing God’s Word."
Instances like this illuminated the focus throughout the entire week, but hearing their testimonies made it potent.
At this point, the group divided. Jeff, Emmet, and Austin went to lead pastor training, while all of us went to play soccer in the square. Our next activity was with younger, more energetic children. This was also an opportunity to share God’s Word. We tried to keep up with the kids, contributed to the team, and attempted to avoid injury, but soccer was not the focus.
After we had attempted to play for an hour, one of our interpreters, Alex, called all the kids to the stairs behind one of the goal. Our opportunity arrived. Peggy and Cheryl presented A Bible story, then I had the opportunity to share my testimony. Every time I shared my testimony highlighted my week, because it allowed me to participate in the focus of the week in a powerful way.
"By sharing how God has changed my life."
When I participate in foreign missions, it re-focuses my mind to my purpose. Matthew 28:19-20 outlines what we are commanded to do. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.”
Posted on Sat, May 9, 2015
by Jeff Wilson filed under