Thinking back on the summer of ministry, I can see God’s hand in key events and places.
I think back to March when men and women from Village of Faith Baptist Church, Vine Branch Community Church, Chestnut Mountain Church, and people from the village of Puertas Azules all labored together to provide clean drinking water to a community of 60 plus families. Dedicated to the glory of God in a small ceremony in May, God is using the gift of clean water to bring together a divided community, opening doors to the gospel message, and drawing men and women to Himself.
I think about how 22 youth came to Jinotega and shared fairy tales and fables with their peers, sharing open and honest conversations about life and trials and struggles. They shared with other young people how faith in Christ is a game changer and how they came to make a choice to follow Christ and how he changed them.
We spent every afternoon with 27 students involved in an English program sponsored by the US Embassy – American teenagers, Christ followers, doing life with Nicaraguan teenagers building relationships, giving of themselves, loving as Jesus loves. I think about a night at Highlands House when 60 North American and Nicaraguan youth danced and sang and shared their talents together, ending the night hearing about how Jesus loves them and created them for a purpose and that there is no greater joy than being who God created them to be.
I think about the lives of the North American youth that were changed because they gave themselves to something greater than themselves. I think about Nicaraguan youth who were changed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. I thank God at every remembrance as I see these youth around the city or hear my name called out as I drive through the streets.
I think about the ESL school in July. I think about how the principal went to the mayor seeking permission for us to host the courses in her school. I think about the superintendent talking about the goodwill and the joy that comes to the people through these classes. I think about our friends we have made and are making each time we host the school. I think about how the spirit of God is moving as I remember the smiles on their faces and the sparkle in their eyes as they came to class each night. I saw the Spirit’s glow on their faces as they came to the house each night as we held extended courses. I heard it in the voice of Bob, one of our teachers, as he related how he wished he had included more of the gospel in the extended course.
“See, I am doing a new thing!” “Don’t you see it?” “Don’t you feel It?”
“I will make a pathway in the wilderness; a river in the dry wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 (emphases mine)
God is doing amazing things, and we are so humbled to be a part of what he is doing in the mountains of Nicaragua. God is using clean water and the English language to change lives and grow the kingdom. These are just a few of the stories of what God is doing. Allow the spirit of the most high to mold your heart. Listen to the still small voice; don’t ignore the faint tugging on your heart.
Don’t you see it!
Don’t you feel it!
It has been an amazing summer serving together, allowing the spirit of God to change our lives as he uses our gifts and talents to make a difference in the lives of others.
Come join us as we strive to live our lives as an example of Christ love. Dedicated to serving others sharing in His redemptive story!