When the world says “Que tonto” (how foolish)- to sacrifice in order to go to a distant land and serve strangers, we reply Matthew 25:35-36:
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
We went to serve. To help bring water to La Ceiba where the closest well was old, uncovered and unsanitary. To show the people who lived there how to stay healthy with that new water source. To share the word of God, as best we could through prayer, testimony, and Bible stories.
And yet, as always, God provided more. Fellowship with the people that we served, as brothers and sisters in Christ; as equals in our prayers together. Camaraderie, the tie that bonds people in good times but especially in hardship, amongst us and growing as the week progressed. And sleep- yes sleep- in a strange bed, in a room not our own, in a country that has not always been friends with ours. Sleeping so well, so… contented and safe.
We went to serve. And yet we were so, so blessed. As always, God provides so richly.
More than we could have ever asked for.
(Entry provided by Patrick Aland - Team Member, Nicaragua 2017)