Hello from Rosarito once again. I realize I’m probably the only one counting the weeks here (well, besides my mom), but yeah week five is down, and I have just one more to go. You know, at the beginning of this year I never would have thought that I’d be living in Mexico for six weeks in the middle of what could be considered the first ever worldwide lockdown. That’s one for the books!
Week five was filled with a lot of amazing people, people who know God’s calling on their lives and are pursuing it wholeheartedly. We were taught from two different teachers, who each have devoted the majority of their lives to go to the mission field. You can bet they had a lot of good things to say, but at this school, teachers like this are pretty much the norm…so what made this week any different? At the end of the week, we attended Calvary Chapel Rosarito’s 2020 Church Planting Conference. As I looked around the room I was amazed to see the room filled with people who have devoted their lives to building the awesome Kingdom of God and not the small kingdoms of their own lives.
As I looked around I realized: Most of these people probably love God more than I do. Most of these people are probably more obedient to God than I am.
This realization has been a repeating occurrence at this school but kinda just hit me hard at the conference seeing so many people all gathered together at once – pastors, missionaries, those starting new churches, and those sacrificing all to go help them – it’s humbling, encouraging, and challenging all at the same time. John 14:15 says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” And that’s what I saw at the conference – a room full of people who love God and are simply being obedient to God’s call on their lives. I want to be numbered among that crowd!
Among all the great, godly people I’ve met, learned from, and heard about these past few weeks, what they all have in common is this: They’ve all admitted to failure, they’ve all confessed they’re so far from perfect, and they’ve all praised God in our presence that God would actually use them to do anything good for Him. Sounds like a great group of people right? God thinks so. Yes full of mistakes, yes far from prefect, yet humble, faithful, and obedient. God make me like this!
Included in this week were two more amazing community outreaches. The first outreach we did was at a church, and it was the first event that church had had since the COVID lockdown. One of the men who attended and heard the Gospel message repented of his sins that day and believed in Jesus Christ! Praise God!
At the other outreach, we did manual labor serving with our hands at the house of a lady named Sulyma. She had recently returned to a relationship with Christ, and so we wanted to show her what the love of Christ looks like in action. She needed trenches dug for a wall and rocks to be taken from the nearby riverbed to build the foundation of the wall. Even though we were only there for a couple of hours, our group of 25 or so put in SO many hours of man power, it would have taken her husband WEEKS to find the time, and will power, to do what we were able to do in such a short amount of time. That’s not a pat on our back, that’s a thanks to God for opening the door to help Sulyma and her family in this way. Sulyma was so thankful to God and to us, and we were thankful to be the hands and feet of Jesus that day. Pray for the salvation of her husband.
Love you all! I pray God is speaking to you during this unique time in our lives. I haven’t been checking the news at all and don’t know what’s going on back home, but I pray God’s voice is louder in your life than all the other voices. Thank you for reading, thank you for your interest and investment in my life, you all are a blessing and gift from God to me.
With much love,