Tuesday, July 31, 2012

She gave..

Even after almost a year of living here, I am still amazed by what I see, and this week has been full of eye-opening things. We were able to see some precious children of God receive wheelchairs and sit upright for the first time in their lives. You can read about that here. We also had the privilege of visiting a community that was struggling to survive in the middle of nowhere. We seriously had to cross 3 rivers just to get there, and we visited a young mom who will soon give birth to her baby in the middle of the garbage dump. But what amazes me even more than the poverty is these people's hearts. Though they don't have much, they are willing to share what they do have.

Take Elsa for example...

I had the blessing of going to Antigua with Elsa and her two boys, Alexander and Jorge Manuel, after church on Sunday, and what I saw just about brought me to tears.

As were we walking the streets of Antigua, we saw a skinny little girl with a missing hand begging on the streets. So many people passed her by. They would cross to the other side of the street to ignore her, or they would look the other direction, anything so that they could avoid this little girl. And then I saw Elsa, who owns very little in this world, look into the eyes of this little girl, and give. While she was only able to give a quetzal, which isn't worth much, to Elsa, to that little girl, and to God, it was huge.

Now, you have to understand, that Antigua is a very touristy place. Most people there could have afforded to give to this little girl, without ever even missing the money. Antigua is full of tourists and people on mission trips even, who could have, and should have done something, but they were too wrapped up in buying their souvenirs and taking their pictures, and so out of all of those people, it was Elsa.

Later, as I was talking to Elsa, I told her that I had noticed what she'd done, and that she was example for us all. She replied, "God has blessed me, so I want to bless other people. I wasn't able to give much, but hopefully she will be able to buy some tortillas with it. It's not okay with me to let someone starve when I have been blessed with food on my table."

Elsa is right. It is not okay to allow anyone to starve, when we eat more than we need, and yet so many times we are guilty of just that, and I don't think its very pleasing to God. It's one thing for a child to go hungry, it's a whole other thing for a child to go hungry, while our plates are overflowing.

I pray that God would help us to, like Elsa, give until it hurts. To realize that God had blessed us, not so that we can keep it to ourselves, but so that we can bless others. That God would show us the need, and that we would act. That He would open our eyes to the world around us, and break our hearts for what breaks His.

Monday, July 30, 2012

"Como se dice amigos por siempre?" They asked.
"Friends forever." I replied
This conversation kinda broke my heart, my friends were telling me that we were gonna be best friends forever, but they didn't know that within a couple months, I would be gone...

Moving has definitely been hard for me, while I absolutely love it here at Village of Hope, I've been completely torn about leaving the people that I'd met after such a short period of time.

Last night as I was reading my bible I read this, "Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him, and when they finally found him, they begged him not to leave them. But he replied, "I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent."- Luke 4:42-43. It think that at that point, Jesus felt a lot like I do now. I don't think that Jesus really wanted to leave the people that he'd met in Galilee, just like I didn't want to leave the people I'd met in Eagle's Nest. But Jesus also knew that God sent Him here on a mission, and that there was still work left to be done. He was needed elsewhere, and while no one wanted him to go, he had to fulfill his duty. And that's kind of where I'm at right now. God has me here for a reason. There is work to be done.

If Jesus had stayed in Galilee just because people might miss him, he wouldn't have been able to do so many of the things we read about in the Bible, and there would be so many people that didn't know Him. His father had a plan for him, and it included leaving some friends, and making new ones.

I think some times, God sends us places for short time, to make our mark and then leave. Sometimes He just needs us to plant the seeds, and then let someone else help them grow.

It doesn't mean that we should forget about the people we meant, I'm pretty confident that Jesus didn't just heal people and then forget about them. I believe that He would pray for them even after He moved on to the next town, and so that's what I do too. I may not be as close to them as I once was, but they are still my friends, and I will never forget them. I will continue to pray for them, as friends should. Just like I do for the friends I left in America.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" -Matthew 19:14

Lately, we have been spending a lot of time in a little village called Chituc. The kids there are precious, and it amazes me that even though they have nothing, they are full of such joy. They get so excited every time we come, begging us to kick a soccer ball with them, or play tag, or throw them up in the air and tickle them, anything to show them that they are special. So we do, we run around chasing them, and we throw them up in the air until our arms are sore, and we whisper Jesus loves them, because they are special.

They are special because Jesus loves them, He chose them.  And I believe that when he said to have faith like a child, he meant children like these. Even though they have very little in this world, they put their hope in Jesus Christ. They don't know where their next meal will come from, or if they will be able to afford school next year, but they trust in Jesus, knowing that he will provide all of their needs.
"Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?"-James 2:5

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

If you had the cure for cancer, would you not tell the world?

Well, we've got something even better- the cure to sin which equals death.

We have Christ.

When we have something as amazing as this, we are really being selfish if we don't go tell the world!

If you had the cure for cancer, the first people you would share it with are those who are suffering from cancer. The same for us, we need to share Christ with those who are suffering in sin. Its not enough to keep it to ourselves or only talk about Jesus with only those who already known Him. We need to be taking the cure that we have to the ends of the earth. To the lost, broken and abandoned. To the ones that no one else loves, because Jesus would love them. To the orphans and widows, to the drunk and imprisoned, to the HIV/AIDS.

As Christians we should strive to be like Christ, and he didn't say, "well, I think I've done good enough," after telling just 12 people. He was always striving for more. Every day, we need to look for ways that we can share Jesus. Whether its by smiling, giving someone a ride to church, providing food or a home, or spreading the world to the ends of the earth, Jesus should be in every aspect our of lives. People shouldn't have to ask our religion, they should know by the way we live our lives.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I can not even begin to explain how great it was to be with my home church last week. To be with people that love and support our family. It was great serving with them, worshiping with them, ministering with them, and just playing with them. We had tons of fun, working hard, and playing hard. They are already missed!