I didn’t think I’d be going on our church’s mission trip this year, but God has called me to return to El Salvador. We’ll be working on churches, putting on children’s programs and delivering some Spanish Bibles, God willing. With mission trips, I’ve learned to be flexible and be ready. You just never know what God will put in front of you to do. This is a classic case of prepare as best you can and then set aside all of your plans to make room for the Holy Spirit to do His work. It seems that the missionaries are always just as blessed if not more so than those to whom they come to share the good news. God’s presence on these trips is palatable.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! Psalm 34:8-9
Overcoming fear is the secret to stepping out in faith on international mission trips. This is definitely out of our comfort zone. This is definitely placing our full trust in God to provide, protect, and to stir hearts across cultures and languages.
In El Salvador last year, we met our new family members. We have such love for them that we have sent funding to help them build a new church – where that church was meeting on the porch of a house. The children there are precious.
You quickly see how much you have and how little others have when you travel the world on missions. God has really stirred in my heart the sin of excess, and He has helped me to be content with what I have. These last few years I have started to sell my things and give to the poor.
Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:32-34
We have what we need. We have more than what we need. So, being generous with all that God has given us, we are shedding the extra weight of stuff that fills our home and lightening the load so that we can follow Jesus Christ. We want our treasure to be stored up in heaven, invested in God’s kingdom, for that is where our hearts are.
I am honored to have the privilege of taking the good news of the salvation of Jesus Christ to the world, if only for one week each year. I hope you also take every opportunity presented to you to go in the name of Jesus to share your story and to tell of all that Jesus has done – tell others of His grace and the eternal salvation He alone offers.
Listen for His call, obey His voice, take courage and step out in faith.
Bring glory to God for He alone is worthy.
Be encouraged. Press on.