Day 6 – Wednesday, July 2

 

I’ve been having an amazing time since we got to Mexico.  I remember last year I was going through such a tough time trying to connect with the other team members, but this time around I feel like we’re all one great big family, and everyone’s having a blast.  Each one of us is unique, and I think everyone brings something different to the table.  God has given each of us our own spiritual gifts, and throughout the course of this journey, we’ve all been discovering how we can use our gifts to glorify God.  One of the verses we’ve been focusing on is Matthew 28:18-20, where Jesus says “all authority in heaven and earth has been given to me, therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit”.  Each of us has been given a calling by God, and if we chose to ignore this calling, we are only wasting our lives.  Too many of us get far too caught up in living an average life, or as some people call it, ‘the american dream’.  We’re so focused on making sure that all of our needs are met, that we make wrong decisions, and go on the wrong path, when it comes to other people’s needs.  The speakers here have been powerful in getting their point across, being we need to either go or send.  This means we either need to be sacrificing our lives to go on missions for long periods of time, or doing all we can to send missionaries to those unreached people groups, and praying for them as much as possible.  One of the speakers, Brooks Buser, was a missionary.  He told us all about his missions trip, where he learned a new language, a new culture, and created a new alphabet, in their language, all to teach them about the gospel.  He opened our hearts and minds to the people around us, and reminded us how much cares and loves for us, and how he wants us to be more like him.

Since we’ve been here, we’ve been trying our hardest to put these teachings to the test, not only while we’re here but after we return home as well.  These teachings have really opened up our eyes to the world around us, and we don’t want to forget what we’ve learned here, we want to keep it with us for the rest of our lives.  Today, we really saw God’s work in action, at our build site.  Our building leader, Pedro, got into a serious incident with his truck.  As he was about to leave the worksite, his emergency brake failed, and his truck started rolling down the back of a hill.  As it was speeding up, he got in front of it to try and stop it, and it swerved to the right, where there was a huge cement building just ahead.  We thought the truck had run into him, and we didn’t know whether or not he was okay.  Luckily, Pedro jumped out of the way, seconds before the truck smashed into the side of the cement building.  We really noticed God at work in that moment.  It was almost as if an angel had come down, giving Pedro the strength to slow the truck down, and helping him to avoid any serious injury.  It’s really cool for us to see God working in our lives, I hope that none of us forget that God is always watching over us, and he will always be there to provide for us.  As we continue our missions work here in Mexico, we know that God will be there every step of the way.

Oh, and by the way, we also had the most delicious giant banana splits in history at the ice cream store today.  I’ll never go back to regular ice cream again!!!!g