mission trip memories
I can honestly say that I have been completely spent on more than one occasion. On days when some of us organized the School’s library books that are written in English (ay, ay, ay!), then did VBS in the afternoon and finished the day with an evening service, I have been mentally and physically challenged. But I would do it all over again to experience God’s all-surpassing power to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we could see or even imagine!
Reading this excerpt from my letter regarding ministry in the Dominican Republic floods my heart with memories and longings. Isn’t is typical that we remember all of the good but none of the pain? I really forgot that I was exhausted by the end of the day until I read this account. My remembrances are the faces, the smiles, the tears, the healings, the children, the mission team…
One more memory that I’m reflecting on today- we went to a church in a small town to do an evening service. Upon arriving to the location, we were a little confounded by the darkness blanketing the area. Missionary to the Dominican Republic, Debbie Martinez, explained that this part of the island only has electricity a couple of hours each day. Not a problem. They had a church, and we had a song of praise in our hearts and the Word of God to share. It’s interesting to note that the pastor and a couple of others came in and prayed in the darkness. We, as a group, entered into a time of prayer as well. It seemed to me that we prayed for almost an hour before the service began. The pastor opened his Bible and shared the Word of God with the aid of an oil lamp positioned on the podium. It was a sweet setting. Our team members began to share testimonies, and when the time came for attendees to make a decision to live for Christ, there was an overwhelming response!
Something to consider: there was a simplicity in that church service… in the absence of lights and media, we prayed. I think most of our team members would agree that if ever we walked on holy ground in the DR, it was that very night.
Will the simplistic approach ripen the soil to prepare for the harvest in the U.S. as well? Perhaps time will tell. All I know is that I have no clue as to what that church looked like, but I did clearly see the Kingdom of heaven. Let’s keep it simple, Church. Let’s keep Jesus at the front and center, because when He is lifted up, God will draw all mankind to Himself.