A little over a week ago, I went on my first missions trip to Nicaragua. I really didn’t know what to expect because I have never been on a missions trip before, but I absolutely am so humbled in the fact that God brought me there.
Matthew 28:19-20 says,
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
While we were there, we had the privilege to go to some people’s houses, and hand out water filters and bags of food. The water filters may be pricey, but they provide clean and pure water for a span up to ten years! It’s hard to grasp a full understanding of what it’s like to live in their circumstances, but God’s love has been their ultimate hope!
It’s crazy to think how as Americans we’re so abundantly blessed that we don’t even realize what it is like to have very little or nothing at all. We walked into houses that consisted of four wood posts, tarp, and a sheet of metal. Inside, there was mostly dirt. That was basically it.
We made a home visit to a family of three–a mom and two daughters. The missionary that we were with gave her a water filter and used it as the perfect analogy of when you accept Jesus. When you are lost, you are living in sin–you’re dirty like the original water from the ground. When you accept Jesus into your heart, you are made new and pure–like the water that went through the filter.
As we got to know them a little more, it was very evident that the woman knew Christ. That same Christian woman asked our pastor if she could pray for him and his ministry. She wanted to pray for God to continue to bless him, so that he can continue to bless others. Standing in about a 5ftx7ft house with dirt floors and loud noises from the rain pouring down, you really just think to yourself, ‘How in the world is her faith so big?’
Empty Yourself & Let God Fill You
If you let go of the “treasures” that you’re holding onto, you will start to see God’s true blessings. Empty yourself of the idolatry, the worries, the hatred, the jealousy–whatever it is–and allow God to fill you with His love. Allow Him to fill you up with faith. This woman, and many like her in Nicaragua have so much faith. While they are leaving it in the hands that were wounded for them, some of us are still slaves to the things that separates us from God. Nothing is forever but Jesus. Everything that we have is temporary, but some day soon, Jesus will return, and we will spend our forever with Him! Just as God is so faithful to us, we need to be just as faithful to Him. His grace and mercy remains through our walk with him--what an amazing and forgiving God.
After seeing all of these things in Nicaragua, I am sad for the families, but I am so thankful to have met such wonderful people who love the Lord with all of their heart. To see all of the ministries utilize their gifts and knowledge to share what they’re passionate about despite their circumstances, it truly blesses me.
I want to encourage you to go on a missions trip. I could try to explain for hours upon hours on what I experienced, but it won’t even explain half.
Our God who gave us life is the God I want to serve until my very last breath.
“Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place” 1 Samuel 3:9
Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.