Sunday, October 18
Tonight we worshipped with the church in Las Sabanas and it was one of the most humbling experiences I’ve had. Everything was very simple; the pastor played the guitar and his wife sang (along with a couple of other women). The guitar was not tuned and the singers were off-key… but they didn’t care. They sang and played with all their heart and mind and strength and the resulting passion was incredible. It was all to the glory of God and God alone. How foolish we can be when we forget who we worship and think our own ideas of perfect pitch and tone are anywhere close to what God desires.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:1-2
Tuesday, October 20
Today we went to a community called La Victoria. It’s a small town and is not easy to get to. In our prayer-walking the day before, we were invited to a believer’s house who offered to host us today. She was someone who had done evangelism in another area before and was now in La Victoria. Again, I was amazed to see God’s sovereignty at work in how He puts people in each other’s paths at just the right time.
Because of the small size of the community, it did not take long for us to go house-to-house and we were done by lunch time. I remember thinking that sometimes we get these “Billy Graham” views of evangelism and expect that “success” equals thousands of people coming to Christ in a single setting. Or, that we’re somehow more spiritual if we walk long distances over huge hills to do God’s work. Yet, God shows how limited those views really are and how different His perspective is. There was a reason He sent us to a place that had maybe 25 houses. To Him, that community was important, regardless of its size. Those people were valuable to Him and they were worth the effort. And, that night, just about the entire town came to a 1-room school house to watch a movie about Jesus and heard the gospel.
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. Ezekiel 33:6
Friday, October 16
There were times during this trip that I felt completely inadequate for the task laid ahead of me. I’m not an outgoing person, I cannot hold conversations with people in Spanish, and I rarely hold conversations with people in English. I confessed to Loren that one of the things I worry about is that my “introvertedness” gets in the way of doing things that God might want me to do. After reminding me of a number of people in the Bible who felt similar inadequacies, Loren also reminded me that I did end up going up to several people’s houses and communicated effectively enough in Spanish that they knew I had a gift for them and when/where the movie was that night. Before and afterwards, I was my quiet self, but for 45 seconds, God absolutely gave me what I needed to get His work done.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
Written by Jennifer Gidden