The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.PSALM 23 NKJV
We’re halfway through the school! God has been putting a burden on my heart for the world and those around me. I’ve been shown the amazing parts of God’s heart during my time down here and it has absolutely broken me in a good way. God is amazing in His grace and mercy towards me, but He’s absolutely broken me for the grace and mercy He wants to work through me. He’s bringing me and those around me literally into the valley. Praise God for the valleys!
Though God brings us into the valleys, we can praise Him for the hope He has given us in Christ. If we face death and despair on a daily basis, we can look at Christ resurrected and rest assured in the hope we find in Him. He has given us valleys so that we can look Him dead in the eyes and say, “I’m not good enough, but You are; so let me seek You to know how to grow.” This has been the story for me this entire week; I continue to look at my situation in school, in the mission field, in my personal devotional time with God, and I keep getting shown my lack of humility before the Lord. So this is my prayer for this next week, “God, I’m not able to stand by my own ability and strength, so enable me to look more like you because I know that you are able to do all things in and through me.” God has a lot planned for this next week, so I’m going to let Him move the mountains we talked about last week, and I’ll stand back and watch.
This past week, I had the opportunity to serve with the local Calvary Chapel in Rosarito. Our team split into two groups. One group assisted in painting a balcony in the sanctuary while the group I was in helped move benches up a flight of stairs to the second floor. Though we weren’t performing miracles, we were worshiping God by helping to build the resources He has provided to the local ministry. This wasn’t necessarily a valley, but the difference between helping out at a church and helping distribute food to families in need is a big change. God showed me that every mountain can be seen as a valley if we aren’t perceiving it through His eyes. This church needed help and our team rocked out in providing it with a joyful heart. During my time helping out I saw it as a valley compared to helping families impacted by the pandemic. God spoke to me in my reading that day through Isaiah 40:4 which says, “Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.” God showed me that for Him, the hills are lowered, and the valleys raised for His glory. We need to worship in the valleys as we do on the mountain tops because they’re one and the same in the eyes of God.
A few other things we did this week was an outreach to Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Cruz where we partnered to distribute relief food supplies, a Bible message, and a kids ministry service. We also served at a ranch with pastor Mark & Katrina Kamio. Each of these opportunities was a blessing and a mountain in their own respect, but if we wanted to examine each outreach we would be able to see valleys too. Praise be to God that He is our focus and sharing the gospel is our goal now!
- God is working mightily in Mexico
- God is providing for families in need
- God is moving while the world is stopped
- God is mighty to level mountains and valleys
- God is Good
- God IS
- God would continue to use our team to provide for those in need
- God would continue to provide for everybody in the team
- God would continue to change me from the inside out
- God would make His change in my life apparent to me and others
- God would continue to reveal the hope that I have in Christ
- God would continue to do a work in and through the team
As this school continues on, I’d like to ask you to consider the work that is being accomplished here in Mexico, and come alongside me in prayer and financial partnership in this ministry. If you would like to become a prayer partner with me please leave a comment below. Also, if you’d like to support me financially click the link below.
God be Praised!
Blessings in Christ,