It has been a week and a half or so since many of the young people I work with in Mexico were here in Western Canada on a missions trip! It was such a blessing and a dream come true to have them here to see where I grew up etc and to get to know the people who sent us out to them.
We spent a week in Buffalo Narrows Saskatchewan doing a kids club there and in another smaller town called Dillon about 45 mins away. We partnered with an E-Free church in Buffalo Narrows and it was a privilege to be able to plant seeds in that spiritually need community as well as encourage the pastor. Working in an area with hard soil can be discouraging I am sure, so it was a blessing that the pastoral family was encouraged! We also did ministry with teens and with moms. I translated many testimonies from Spanish to English and many hearts were touched.
Then we spent the better part of a week doing another kids club at our home church in Sundre. What a blessing it was to have our Mexican team billet out with friends from our home church! The interaction between them was priceless and I know that our church was so encouraged and challenged with what they saw and heard.
We mixed in a bunch of other church presentations each evening as well as a presentation at the E-Free National Conference held in Okotoks. Thankfully there was one break when we took the team to Banff National Park. They were amazed as were we (even though we had been there before) at God's nature and the work of His hands!
Often we a team goes on a missions trip the goal is to accomplish something at the destination, whether it be discipleship, evangelism or some other goal. However often times I think the greatest work happens in the hearts of those who go to serve. God is so amazing that way. I saw many of the people from our Mexican church break out of their shell and share what God was doing in their life with strangers. Some of them had never done that before and once they did and saw the reaction of the listeners (some of whom asked questions and related to their stories - I translated for them back and forth) they were hooked! They were so thankful that God used them to touch someone's life! Hopefully they will continue sharing and being used by Him back home in Mexico as well!
So thank you so much for your prayers for this trip. It was amazing and it was about the busiest 2 and a half weeks of my life!