Day 4 was a great way to celebrate the middle of our mission trip. Last night we got to see God’s glory on display through a beautiful lightning storm. Consequently, in the morning we waded through lots of mud and water. Thankfully, this softened the ground for our team that was posthole digging for a fence to go around the water slide. The teens worked so hard and did an excellent job. We also had a crew helping clean up the grounds and another that jumped back into the creek to collect rocks for reinforcing the trails around the campground. All in all our students rocked it (pun intended) and did it all without complaining. I am so proud of how they are serving the Lord with glad and sincere hearts this week.
Due to the rain we finished up earlier with our service projects and dug into our devotionals before lunch. Today in our devotionals we learned about how many of the familiar passages we know and love in the Bible actually have a message we tend to gloss over. That message is how God always has a purpose to bring glory to Himself among all the nations and in all the earth. We see this played out in the entirety of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” During our discussion this evening the students responded with a desire to go out and be blessing to all peoples.
This afternoon we sent our three teams to the different villages to work with the local kids. Our team that goes to Enemy Swim ran into another snag at their site so they joined the team at Agency. This worked out great! All of the students have been so great with the children. The children we are working with come from many backgrounds including neglect, poverty, abuse, etc. Some of these kids welcome you with open arms while others make you prove your love to them, pushing your patience to brink. I am so proud of how our students have loved these kids unconditionally and worked together as a team to share the Gospel in word and deed. We hope that even though we have only 3 hours with them each day that it will make an impact on their lives to know that God loves them the way that we have loved them this week.
As we got back together at the campground we met for our evening lesson. We debriefed the day out in the villages, discussed the devotional and I shared a little bit about our ministry of reconciliation from 2 Corinthians 5. We know as Christians that God has blessed us so richly. We have the greatest hope and the greatest joy, the truth that we, hopeless sinners have been reconciled with our perfect God through the blood of Jesus Christ. That is the hope that we share with the children in the villages. That is the hope that we have to give with one another. We know that as Christ has reconciled us to God we to can reconcile our relationships with one another.
Thank you so much for your prayers. God has been answering prayers. We have seen our students unify in wonderful ways. We have seen children receiving our message with joy and gladness. We have seen joy on the face of Don Lykins as we have served around the campground. Please pray that God will continue to open doors in the lives of the children and their parents. Pray that we will be bold to share our faith even when it seems it doesn’t make sense to these young children. Pray that our minds will be so focused on God’s glory over ours in everything that we do.