Beautiful Ministry

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I love this photo. I love the smile on the little girl's face. I love the freshly painted nails with each color representing something different about salvation. And I love the different skin tones coming together as friends. 

This past week was another adventure for Mitch and I as we lead a mission team from West Monroe, LA (no, the Robertson's did not come!). We worked primarily in a new area for us called Las Vegas (Guatemala, of course…although the other Las Vegas that we're all familiar with could use a whole lot of Jesus too). We also ventured into some familiar villages that we work in on a regular basis. It was a wonderful week finishing the construction of a new church building and seeing many come to know the Lord! 

Mitch and I had been working in a village called Amapa since December and had yet to see any adults come to Christ. Ministry takes time, this we know. But some of these villagers had made it pretty clear that they didn't want to change. So we began thinking that this area was nothing but hard soil and that maybe it would be wise to move along to another village. We were discouraged, yet we continued. We took some of the group with us into this village for half a day. After only 2 hours of evangelizing, playing with kids, and giving free eye exams, 9 people were saved! And many of those people had been showing up at our Bible study this whole time. We learned something very important from this: house to house, person to person evangelism was much more effective than large group bible studies. This is true in scripture too. Jesus is seen with individuals and his disciples more often than speaking to the masses. Many more salvations took place this week in other villages, but we are rejoicing over the saved souls in Amapa; a place we have been praying for for so long.

When groups come, we like to do projects that helps the local community and builds up the local church. The main project they worked on was finishing the floors and altar of a local church, which only took them 3 days to finish. We also focused a lot on evangelism and saw at least 25 people saved! Usually one week mission trips changes the group more so than the locals. Because let's be honest, 1 week is not going to set the world on fire. But this week was a bit different. I can't say this enough, but I love this job of mine. I love seeing high schoolers wrecked by what God is doing and I love seeing locals come to salvation in Christ. I'm thankful to have been a part of last week's ministry. Here's to 4 more teams this summer! 


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