These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
The first days of a mission trip in a foreign country can feel like being a stranger or exile. The language is different, the customs are different, the people are different, and it can be difficult to gain one’s bearings. But, we go because we want to see the gospel go forth to all nations. We go to encourage and build up brothers and sisters in Christ from all tongues. We go “looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)
We arrived in Oaxaca today to help former IMB missionaries Kerry & Maury Johnson. They had a long ministry in Oaxaca, primarily among the Zapotec people living in various villages in the surrounding mountains. We’ll help out with some projects at a drug/alcohol rehabilitation center, an agricultural center designed to teach Zapotec villagers how to grow their own crops and food, and live out the gospel in a local Zapotec village in the mountains. We also got a sweet ride to do all this.
Written by Jennifer Gidden