Making the Most of Every Opportunity

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This past summer we hosted a team called Flood the Nations, a ministry out of Colorado with team members from both Colorado and Oklahoma. During their time here we did multiple different activities with them: a sports camp, dance ministry in schools, bible schools, and installing water filters. It was so fun to be able to partner with them and do so many different activities, keeping our week new and exciting each new day. And so fun to see how sharing the Gospel through dance is no more or less than sharing the Gospel through installing water filters…God has given us so many different gifts and abilities,  it is up to us to use them to glorify and make His name known.

I think my favorite part of the week was simply being able to go into the villages and see how the people live. I have done a lot of work in Honduras and been to a lot of places, but most of those places I have only been able to see the inside of a classroom or the top of a stage. When we installed water filters I got to see the insides of people’s houses, talk to them, get to know them a little, and see how they live. It truly was a blessing for me to understand a little more of where the people I minister are coming from.  Plus the fact I just like to see the inside of people’s houses (if you knew CTI Lena you know that that was my favorite part of the year), it sounds weird, and a little creepy of me, but I really like to see because, like I mentioned in an earlier blog about my destiny by design, it is my dream to have a house that is a sanctuary for people to come, rest, and be filled with the love of God. So seeing a glimpse into how people do that in their own homes, with whatever they had, really filled my heart with joy.

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The village we visited was a poor village, as of most of the villages in Honduras, and like I believe is true for most of the villages in Honduras, the people in this village rarely get visitors. Living at the top of a mountain and being at the end of the road it is safe to say that there are never people just driving through. We were there to install water filters…to give the people of this village a source of clean water, but I believe we blessed them more just by visiting them.

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Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do. because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

-Ephesians 5:1-2

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I know there are some people who have a tough time agreeing with ministries that just kind of come in, stay  for a tiny bit, give a gift or whatever, share the Gospel, and then move on. Yes, I believe that building relationships is very important in ministry, but I also know the sad truth that we aren’t always able to do that. We can’t keep a lifelong relationship with every person we meet or sometimes even see them again in our lifetime. But I believe that God has specifically planned that we cross paths with the people we cross paths with, and I believe that we can, and need to, take advantage of every opportunity He gives us. He only gave this group of young missionaries two days with these specific people, but I know in my heart that the memories will last a lifetime and at the forefront of those memories is the love of God that was evident. I know this to be true because I know that those young missionaries were faithful to do what God asked of them. And when we are faithful to do as God has asked, blessings follow.

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord whats you to do.

-Ephesians 5:16-17

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If you want to know more about this mission check them out here… Flood the Nations

 

This next little bit is a fun story from my time in the village as well…I couldn’t figure out how to add it above, so…. Here it is! An extra snippet!

I got to connect with a family because of a lost bucket. Hah, so thankful for that lost bucket because after realizing my group couldn’t find our water bucket I went back to the house we had previously installed a filter in, in search of our lost bucket. I came up short handed in the bucket area but found the women of the house making tortillas. They invited me to stay and learn how to make tortillas, after having my lesson in tortilla making they served me a typical Honduran meal…which is tortilla and this creamy, crumbly, cheese. I left my team to work at installing another filter, while I enjoyed fresh tortillas. And you know what? I didn’t feel guilty one bit! I did feel spoiled after that opportunity and thanked God for the special connection I got to make with that family.

And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

-Ephesians 5:20

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