This trip taught me so much, but I believe the overall lesson was a real-life look into trusting God for every step of the way including where you will sleep each night, how you will get from place to place, and what you will eat for each meal. It truly was a trip of faith-testing, and I really enjoyed learning to just relax and enjoy the ride! Let go and let God, and He will take you on some amazing adventures! This trip was also extremely humbling and a great reminder of how blessed yet ungrateful I often am. These people who had nothing were willing to sacrifice time, food, beds, and vehicles to accommodate total strangers! We hadn’t made reservations and sent out flyers 3 months in advance, but they left everything to come hear the Gospel and make us feel at home. They were so joyous about even simple things we handed out like a teddy bear or a shirt! Their attitudes taught me so much!
One final thought, then I promise I will be doneJ Ephesians 2:8-10 really jumped out to me this trip. I have heard these verses many times but saw them in a different light as we served in Potosi.
Ephesians 2:8-10 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Now there is so much you can reap from these verses, but I just wanted to share a few thoughts. I love the contrast in these verses. First, we are not saved by anything we could possibly do on our own; “works” do nothing to close the gap sin has created between us and God. However, once we are saved by simply believing in and accepting God’s marvelous grace, then we become His handiwork. Yes, God created us to serve Him, but then sin got in the way. Now, He uses Christ’s righteousness to re-create us into beings meant to do those good works that couldn’t save us in the first place. Only through Christ, can we do anything good, and what a tremendous honor it is that God would choose lowly, sinful humans to do His good works! The sacrifice involved in serving others is often seen in a negative light because our human desires cause us to cling to our possessions and our control. However, I think God wants us to learn to live a totally backwards lifestyle. Sacrifice should be seen as a blessing! God is allowing us to be used as His tools as He loves and cares for His people. This trip gave me just a peek into the immense blessings God will pour out on you when you loosen the grip on the blessings He has already provided and take a leap of faith. What an honor it is to love God’s people!