As I sit in the plane bound for Lima Peru via Miami Florida I find myself recounting the last three years.
God first called me to this mission in 2012. Our church decided to start exploring the international mission field and we teamed up with a great group of people from LifePoint Church in Columbus Ohio. They were gracious enough to bring us along on a mission trip they had been growing for a few years at that time. I remember The Lords voice clearly in my head the day we announced it. This voice said “get ready, you’re going”. To which I replied “uh, what?” We can’t afford that. I’d love to be able to say I anxiously jumped at the call but alas, I did not. But He continued to tell me I was going on this trip.
A few days later after the voice had persisted I had a conversation with my wife that went something like this,
me: “I think I’m supposed to go on this Peru trip”
her: “we can’t afford that”
me: “I know right! That’s what I keep telling Him. But I’m sure this is what He’s telling me so if it’s supposed to happen the He’ll make it so.”
And through a course of amazing events He made it happen.
In 2013 our church committed to return. I already knew I’d be returning since The Lord may that perfectly clear to me after the first trip. That year I would be co-leading the team with an awesome brother in Christ, Steve Clifton, from LifePoint church that had led our team in 2012. Another great trip and God experience ensued.
Now it’s 2014. My third trip to Peru in three years. This time I find myself leading our team on our own. I have a healthy mixture of fear and excitement brewing inside me. I’m excited and anxious to see how God has worked in the lives of the growing group of believers we’ve encountered over the last two years. I’m excited and anxious to see how God will work in the lives of our team this year. I know that we will find a growing thriving body of believers that is as on fire as when we last saw them.i know this because it what we have prayed for. I am confident in God’s equipping of our hearts and minds in helping to love on and build up the people we will encounter. I know that He has our back and through Him alone we can and will help to grow His Kingdom in the mountains of Peru.
Sounds kind of cocky doesn’t it? Well, maybe it is… But, when our amazing God is at the center of things and we speak the truth of the Good News in love and compassion, how can you not get a little cocky. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mean in an arrogant or self-confident way but with a full reliance in Him and His ability to do anything. I mean He is God!
So, all that being said please be in prayer that we can stay out of the way and He will work in us and through us this year. I’ll get back with you after next week and tell you all about the amazing work He is doing and how we saw it all unfolding to His glory.