“When God calls, will you come?”
We headed up the mountains to go to La Cumbre, a small Zapotec village in the mountains so we could visit and encourage believers there and provide for some of their physical needs. It’s a two hour drive up a less-than-desirable road that can become impassible when it rains. Over many years Kerry and Mauri brought the gospel to the village, and encouraged them to become a closer-knit community, helping each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. They are now transforming it into an ecotourism site to bring in revenue for the village.
Zapotecs are one of the poorest groups in Mexico and are generally not treated well by other groups in Mexico. While there, we met with Chincho and Maria (local pastor and his wife) and Sabina. Sabina is an elderly widow who lives by herself. She has two sons but they never come to visit her. Chincho and the other villagers help out as they are able. She grows her own crops and has a small house made out of brick donated by the Mexican government. She completely depends on God to provide for her daily needs and I have yet to see that faith waver in the two trips I’ve been on. We brought her some food, learned about some other physical needs that we hope to take care of later, and sat and talked with her for a while.
When God calls, will you come?
I got asked this question by Sabina when we were saying goodbye to each other. She had just chastised me and some others for not visiting her sooner and had asked when we would be seeing her again. I had paused to think of the best answer because I honestly don’t know when I’ll be back or if she will still be alive when I’m able to come again. During the pause, she asked a different question… “When God calls, will you come?”
I thought about that question the rest of the day. I thought about people like Abraham and Samuel and Isaiah, all of whom were called by God and went. I thought about my own calls from God, both at home and abroad. How willing am I to listen to His voice and respond to what He’s said? We can sometimes get so caught up in our day-to-day activities that we forget we are a called people, of whom God has a specific purpose.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Written by Jennifer Gidden