“Always, everywhere God is present,
and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.”
– A.W Tozer
In each short-term mission trip, I have had the privilege of being a part of, God has shown me the importance of being obedient to go when he calls. Not because of the difference I can make, but because of the way he wants to use me and change me in that instance. As Christians, we are one body. Believers in America, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Zambia, Lesotho and all around the world make up Christ’s body and as a body, we are called to work together. To learn from each other. To encourage one another. To sacrifice on behalf of each other. To love one another. While we were in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho we spent our whole time working and serving with a ministry called LXP Lesotho. During our time there, God reminded me just how present he is, everywhere.
God is at work everywhere and he wants us to join him in this work to share his love and redemption to the world, to those who are lost and do not know about the life he has to offer. A life of freedom, belonging, and purpose exists for each of us and yet so many people have no idea, even Christians miss this or forget this. The harvest is ready, but the workers are few. Those who are lost are ready to be found, ready to be invited into the family of God, but they need to know that there is a place for them. It’s easy for me to take this for granted. I forget that God wants to use me, he wants to use us, to be Christ’s imitators here on earth and to be his helper’s in bringing his Kingdom here.
Godfrey and Elizabeth, who run LXP Lesotho, pour into and train leaders within their community, run a youth program every week for around 100 kids from their community in the driveway and yard of their home, and many of those kids and teens come to their house every day to play and just be around them. We got to serve them by painting a schoolroom and fix some of the desks, fix potholes in the road leading to their house and community, and serve with them in reaching out to the community and leading the youth program. Their heart is to be a family with those they lead and encounter, adults and kids alike. It’s such a beautiful picture of what God envisioned for us as his sons and daughters. It’s not just non-profit Christian ministries and churches that are supposed to set this tone. It’s the Church, all believers, single, married, children, families, all those who believe they are a child of God. “Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.” It has been beautiful to see how God is doing just that in me as well as those around me in America, in Zambia, and in Lesotho. God is so big and he is ready to use me and anyone who is willing to be a vessel for his love. I am so thankful those who shared this with me were willing and I hope to continue in the same willing spirit with others.
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