Well, I’m finally back from Mexico! Sorry I didn’t write while I was there, but there was hardly time! The medical trips are usually busier than the building trips. Especially when you’re not very handy with tools! 🙂
It amazes me at the good God has done, and continues to do through Mega Missions. God takes people from all walks of life, blends them together, and uses them for His glory! People with money, and people with not-so much money. Very educated people, and the not-so educated. Worship leaders, writers, doctors, dental assistants, mechanics, plumbers, homemakers, business owners, nurses, car salesmen, you name it..someone probably was there to represent. For anyone reading who may have doubts about the existence of God? Just know that only a sovereign, all knowing God could take a group like this one and make it work!
The flip side to that is that there’s an enemy who’s just as real, and hard at work to destroy what God plans for good. I can tell you he was hard at work on this trip! This is my third trip, and I must say, the weirdest. All sorts of things went wrong! The bus broke down, the toilets stopped up, Johnny lost his wallet, people were sick, and if I’m being honest, it was the most disconnected trip yet. I’m personally embarrassed to admit that I’d remotely give the devil an inch to allow anyone or any thing to distract me from how God intended to use me. However, I can tell you this, the enemy was hard at work, using the smallest, and craziest of things to divide and conquer!
I’ve learned that when I’m under attack the worst, I’m usually doing what God’s asking me to do! Why would the enemy bother with us when we’re complacent? So, when I know his sneaky, deceiving tactics, why on earth would I allow them to seep in?! And when they do, why on earth would I blame it on a person or a situation?! It’s a spiritual battle! And we have been given the tools to fight and win! And here’s some truth for you. God’s purpose will always be accomplished in spite of our humanness! And I believe it was!
Just seeing everyone interact with the people in the prison would’ve been enough for me to know, that, beyond any shadow of doubt, God’s will was being done. I nearly cried when I saw one of the young, male prisoners hug one of our ladies. The look on his face, and the way he embraced her made me wonder how long it had been since he’d been able to hug his mother. Watching everyone (especially those who’ve never actually known anyone in prison, let alone a Mexican prison!) interact with these people lovingly, trusting that God would protect them from any harm, touched my heart in a way words just can’t describe. And it’s not that we were worried about any of them purposefully harming us, it’s that a lot of them were covered in rashes and funguses, and possibly used to being treated as less than human. Knowing that one of our ladies told Caesar, a prisoner with devil horns and a crown tattooed on his forehead, that he was not the devil, as he’d so adamantly stated, but that he was indeed a good boy, made my heart smile! Never mind the fact that Caesar is probably 50 years old, not 10. 🙂 Seriously, what if she’s the only person to ever tell him that he’s good?! Who knows how that spoke to his heart. And I know there was so much more I didn’t see! I think we sometimes forget that it’s the little things that stick with a person the most. A pat on the hand or back, a smile, a hug, or a kind word; sometimes that will do a person more good than any pill could ever do! And that goes for every day of our lives, not just the ones spent in a Mexican prison!
God is so good to make a way for this ministry! He’s even sweeter to take up the slack when we allow our flesh to take over! The nerve of us! Letting our guards down when we’ve been given such an opportunity to show the love of Christ! And not just to the ones we went to minister to, but to each other! Shame on us for squabbling over being too cold or too hot, or being easily offended, or defensive, or not speaking up when we should, and choosing to harbor ill feelings toward someone. Shame on us for not putting others above ourselves like God’s Word says!
When we behave like that, it means we’re not trusting God to take care of us. We’re saying that He’s not big enough to handle any situation, and that our will is more important than His. OUCH! Forgive me Lord for any part I had in taking the focus off Your work! And thank You for loving us so much that You cover our mistakes and choose to use us when you don’t even really need us! Help us to be like You so that we can bring others to You! ONE MORE FOR JESUS!
1 Peter 4: 7-11 Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
Ps. There’s more (funny) stuff to share! I just had to say what God wanted me to say 🙂