When I returned from Peru, I had one phrase on my mind all the time. From this glorious trip, I took away a simple truth which has since been imbedded in my soul. Here on the verge of yet another international adventure, I find myself saying it again: God is good. I’m beginning to realize this in new ways with every new day.
I could go into detail about His goodness in my life as of late, but I won’t. If you pay close enough attention, you can see it in everything I write. However, I do want to relate the wonder of his blessings in each new adventure I take, including the one on the Central American horizon.
Last July, I went on my first international mission trip. I went to Nicaragua with the Beams, a family I grew to love. Happily, we set up medical clinics in two different schools. We played frisbee. We helped the hurt. We spoke Jesus. And I learned so much about myself and the world and this family and God himself. I knew that I was called. And after Nicaragua, I didn’t turn back, and I never will.
In November / December, God opened up the French doors leading to Peru. As I booked my flights, there was not a financial strain. God blessed me to such an extent that I had no need to fundraise; I just booked the flights! It was a miracle. After I shared about my up coming plans, God inspired His people to give generously. God, through His church, lent me over seven hundred dollars more; I was amazed! I went and came back with a bank account still full — and a heart overflowing.
Futhermore, another trip was waiting on me. The Saturday after I arrived home from Peru, I discovered that flights were booked for El Salvador. I was going with the Beam family, to serve alongside my favorite missionaries, because He so richly provided. That next Sunday, I spoke with Amy — the Mama Beam — and she said, “I feel like it’s just confirmation.” And I had to smile, because it was the truth. I knew God had called and kept and blessed me.
So. In a little less than a month, we will be flying. The Beams, my father, a host of other souls, and myself will be looking toward the shores of El Salvador — or an inactive volcano top, anyway. We will arrange more clinics so we can play more frisbee, heal more hurting, and speak more Jesus. In addition to this, some of our team will be participating in street evangelism through dramas. I am excited to share in both outreaches, and to grow intimate with another culture; this will be my third experience in less than a year. (God is good!)
I am wild to live inside this new adventure. And I couldn’t be more pleased with the arrangements. I will grow to love this family more and find God in new ways and learn more about His world. God is good, and I’ll never stop saying it.
To El Salvy we fly!
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21 ESV