Where I see God
Journal 11: Spring Break Missions
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12
Yesterday morning we dropped our daughter off at a bus with 30 or so other teens and chaperones from our church. They were headed to Mexico to build houses for farm workers. Across town on Friday, a team from a different church was headed to another part of Mexico to work in an orphanage. Same town still a different church group was leaving to work with inner city children in Houston.
It happens every year. Young people serving as hands and feet in areas of great need. That’s where I saw God at work this week.
Spring Break and summer both, provide time and opportunity for vast amounts of work to be done in the name of Jesus Christ. Teams from a few in number to many hop on busses, board planes and travel great distances or even stay local to work hard on building projects that will benefit the people of the area, volunteer to work with children in highly deprived communities, feed people who are hungry, and many other jobs in an effort to show and share love. Each student, chaperone, and volunteer is a difference maker in God’s Kingdom.
There is another place I see God working through these trips. It isn’t just the recipients of the work who walk away experiencing God. The workers do too. God does amazing things in the lives of those who say yes to doing His work. Volunteer after volunteer come back from serving sharing stories of how God changed their lives, strengthened their faith, and helped them understand better His will for their lives.
God’s work on these short term Mission trips provides love for those in need and growth for those who serve.