Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) and School of Ministry Development (SOMD) students have been out of the country for the last 5 weeks. Of course we miss them, but we couldn’t be happier that they’re following God’s call and sharing His love with people around the globe. Since they are on their last week of ministry before they head back home, we decided to check in on the teams and ask them to give us a report of how things are going. Throughout their stories, it’s evident that God is using them in amazing ways.
Check out one of the stories from our team in Chile that really shows what God is up to in the lives of people around the world.
“One day Jared, Meder, and I were out doing some friendship evangelism. That day we hadn’t really felt a leaning from God as to where to go so we decided to go into Pichilemu and look for a gift for my brother. I was looking for something specific and was having a hard time finding what I was looking for. We came to this one vendor, named Rosa, and we asked again if she had the item. She replied that she didn’t, but then she started helping us by asking other vendors. She wasn’t able to find it, but I felt like I should ask if I could pray for her. So I did and she said she would like that. After I prayed, she asked if we were Mormon and we told her that we were actually Christians. Then we asked her if she was a Christian. She replied that her young son had died two years ago from cancer and therefore had a hard time believing in God. She went on to say that after her son died, her other son starting having dreams about God talking to Him. She said that her son believed, but she needed to figure it out in her own heart. Jared then took the opportunity to share with her that often people think that God causes disease and death, but it’s actually sin and the devil. I also shared the verse in Isaiah that talks about when we go through trials God is with us and cares for us. Even though she didn’t say the prayer and accept Jesus, that day we were able to encourage her and start a friendship with her.”
She said that her son believed, but she needed to figure it out in her own heart.
Let’s highlight one thing in this story–God is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. That’s true not just for the people in Chile, but for all of us. At the end of this story Rosa didn’t accept Jesus, but that’s ok because that’s not what God wants us to take away from missions. It’s not about how many people we can bring to the Kingdom or lead to Jesus. It’s about our hearts and what direction they’re pointing. Sometimes, all God wants us to do is start a friendship with a shop vendor. Knowing that God is with us, let’s share that with people as we go about our days. We don’t have to go to Chile to be a good missionary — just exemplify God’s love with how you love others, and never hesitate to share all that God has done in your own life.
All that being said, we can’t wait to have our teams back this upcoming week to hear more about what God has done through them.