Good Friday to you!
I promise I haven’t gone MIA! The kids got out of school on the 24th and we all know how things just gravitate to falling into that last week of school with children as it relates to our time! Then, on the 28th of May through June 1st my family ventured out across the ocean on a mission trip to Nicaragua.
It is really almost impossible to put into words what all God stirred in my heart. I learned so much about my Jesus and Lord and His compassion and love for those that have NOTHING…really…NOTHING!
I have never had the privilege of going to another country to share Jesus. It is an experience like none other! If you have not pushed yourself through your comfort zone to do this – you are really missing out. Pray and ask God to open doors to use you as a servant of His. You will not be disappointed!
Months ago, God began stirring in my spirit for my husband and I to take our girls to share Jesus with those in remote places. We are constantly teaching the girls about the last command that Jesus gave His followers before He ascended into Heaven.
Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Because of the authority that is given to us from God, we are to GO and MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS.
The “Go” part is sometimes the hardest obstacle to jump over. Following after God with no questions asked is a place I’ve been sitting with God on for the last 5 months.
The weeks leading up to our trip our family has been busy preparing to travel to Nicaragua. We decided to finally accept the invitation from a friend that leads a ministry who sends Bible lessons all over the world. The Mailbox Club is committed to getting the Word of God into the hands of all the children of the world.
I couldn’t have picked a better ministry to take my kids to see first hand how God’s desire is to disciple children all over the world. Putting the Word of God into the hands of those little ones is so valuable! It is the greatest thing they will ever receive!
Believe me, traveling out of the country with 3 children is no small task! Months before we began preparing the passports and proper immunizations needed. Then as our departure day approached, I spent days preparing our family’s belongings to take with us. You know…rain coats, shoes, the correct clothing.
However, when our bus pulled up to the first church where we were to minister to these kids by congratulating them in completing the lessons that they have been working on for the last year or so, all my planning went out the window of the bus!
Those things didn’t matter much any more. Telling them Jesus loves them was the first thing that I wanted to cry out from the rooftop of the tin covered shack that they were so proud to call their humble “Iglesias”. (church)
In Matthew 10, we see a scripture where Jesus calls his disciples to go out with no money, purses or bags, not even shoes to minister to the lost sheep of Israel. Can you imagine being sent out like this? No time to pack, shop, or even make a list. Just Go! The administrative planner that I am, just shudders at this thought.
I love to prepare! But this need to be oh so organized can also become a stumbling block in many ways. I sometimes let my need to prepare actually become a cover for simply not obeying. Instead of not answering the call of what Jesus wants me to do – I have stalled. The excuses I give are really good – even biblical.
I need to pray about this some more…
I need to seek wise counsel….
I need to spend more time reading my Bible….
While these things are good and Godly…sometimes God just asks us to GO and OBEY.
As Jesus’ Disciples, He wants us to have the kind of faith that says “yes Lord, I will go.” God was wanting our family to do this too. I could almost see God *smile* as I fluttered around trying to remember ever detail to take with us on the trip. Making sure nothing was left behind or forgotten.
He was wanting me to fully trust in His ability to provide everything that we would need for our time away. He was wanting us to trust Him as we overcame the complications along the way…and you know what….HE DID.
Has God asked you to do something that feels a bit like going out without taking your purse, bag or sandals?
This song from Chris Tomlin, is one that I kept hearing vibrate through my head the entire trip. I am sure I have posted it before but today just seems appropriate to post again. I pray that it will minister to you as you obey the call to be a disciple of His…no matter what!
As God downloads and puts my thoughts into order and perspective I will continue to share about our trip to the beautiful country of Nicaragua. I am just allowing Him to let it all sink in this weekend.