My heart is full of joy when I was called to go on a short term mission trip last March. I never expected to be called after I tried to apply and waited for ten months. But God is indeed good and has perfect time for everything.
I met my team who will go to Jordan. We were all excited and a bit worried on how we can raised our funds. We need to pray hard really and asked for mission partners to support us financially. This has been a great challenged for me because I really don’t have that spark of faith to believe it can be possible. But who am I to limit God’s power? So I’ve listed possible names of people who I know and believe has the heart for mission and can support me. And indeed, I am just in awe of how God blessed their lives and heart! I was able to raised the amount needed!
I remember the day I really prayed hard and fasted because I only have 27 percent of the amount and in two days we should have completed the 50 percent of the amount. And just that day supports are really coming! I received messages telling me that they have sent their supports and to count it all it’s more than 50 percent! How is that possible for two days?! God is really the God who says He is. I have learned to fully trust Him that He will finish what He started.
(Jordan STM Team. Love these peps.)
In the middle of this I really trust God that He will give me the favor even at work since I am a public school teacher it will be harder to get out of the country. But I’m glad it worked because the scheduled date was our summer vacation. God is good indeed.
Waiting for our visas was really a work of prayer because we did not received any news yet whether it is approved or not. But we hoped and prayed that God is in control. The day came when we met together with the team and we knew then that our visas were refused. It breaks our heart; my heart actually! I believed and prayed for this but the reason why God allowed it to happen was oddly. I questioned God and when I was crying during my prayer time He comforted me and led me to this verse in Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things. And that no purpose of you can be thwarted.” He can do all things, maybe for the things that I expected Him to do but didn’t do it is heart breaking. But this time I trusted God’s sovereignty over all things.
So, what to do next if the expected events of life happens this way? The anticipation of serving him was closed? But “when God closes a door, He opens something new! You only need to believe!” When God puts a desire in you heart, and that desire is for His glory, I believe He won’t stop. So, in the midst of my discouragement, God opens an opportunity for me to serve in a 5 day Youth Camp. Wow! This was an answered prayer for me and I believe one way of God to comfort me. And I’m overwhelmed! During the camp I thought I will just be there to serve and give support. But during the days of the camp I ended up so full and blessed! How God uses the youth to remind me how God worked in my life even at a young age. How God can use this generation to change this nation for God’s glory to be seen. He met me! He let me experience His power again! It’s overwhelming!
God never stops there, he opens opportunity for another camp. This time at my local church. I am amazed that when God works he works equally. I believe the message about the power of revival during the first camp was the same message during the second camp I attended. There are also new youth who were baptized that time. God is so amazing! I can never limit the God I am serving. Romans 8:28 says that for those who love God, all things work together for good. And He indeed worked it all for good.
I may not be able to go to Jordan this time. But God opens many doors for me to go on a mission and serve the youth. I was given the opportunity to share my story and encourage and pray for them. I got to use my time to spend it with my relatives, my friends and my family here in the province whom I never spend longer days since I worked in the city. I am humbled and thankful to God and to all the people He used to let me feel that He is an awesome God!
We really never need to go out of the country to be on a mission because wherever God placed us, that is our mission field. And that is I believe Mission Possible!
(The youths during Praise and Worship. Full of passion and energy praising the King of Kings!)
(One of the team which I served as their counselor. Blessed with their lives.)
(The youths after their morning walk. Praying for their dreams and desires on top of the hill!)
(Youths praying for each other. Love this scene)
(One of their team building games. So fun to see them like these!😄)
(Five out of thirty youth declared their faith through Baptism. Praise God!)
(Missed the youths! Remembered the time I served in the Youth ministry and just blessed to encouraged them this time.)
(Got to spend my time with some of my cousins and pamangkins!)
(A wonderful time to meet old but treasured friends.)
(Blessed to spend longer days with my fam. This was the day of my brother’s grad)
P.S. Our Short Term Mission Team was rescheduled. I am praying for an opportunity if God allows me to still go to Jordan or to another country. Trusting God for this.