I’d like to introduce you to the El Salvador missions team!
Last Saturday, we served as a team along side Radiant Christian Community Church in Homestead during their monthly block party. We decided it would be a great idea to not only bond a little before our big trip, but that this experience would be good practice for the missional work we will be doing in the communities of El Salvador.
Radiant is located in Waterside and Sea Pines, two low-income town-home communities near Homestead, FL. Its gathering place was a former crack house; an eye sore in the community, the place parents told their children to stay away from.
Now, the place is known as a lighthouse. It is the gathering place for Sunday worship service, for guidance, for prayer and rescue.
During Radiant’s monthly block parties, locals from the community come out to receive free health and dental check-ups through the Caring For Miami mobile unit, fresh produce from the Farm Share stand, food on the grill, a prayer station and activities for the kids. We even got to see a man be baptized after sharing his testimony and how Jesus had transformed his life.
As I played with the children and asked them questions about God, it as amazing to hear their thoughtful questions and sincere answers of who they believed God was and what He is capable of. Sometimes in the small groups I’ve been in, some adults tend to shy away when the group leader asks if anyone would like to pray. We’re more concerned about how we sound to the rest of the group than the words we’re speaking to our Creator. But when it was asked of these kids, everyone wanted to pray. Many little hands shot up in the air. The kids took turns speaking to our Heavenly Father, thanking Him for the block party, for their church, for the food they ate, and then asked God to bless their friends and family members, naming them all one by one. It got me thinking this was a beautiful example of what child-like faith looks like. Not being afraid to talk to God, saying what was sincerely on our hearts without fear or pretense, thanking Him for our lives, depending on Him and asking for the same blessing for those around us.
It is with this child-like dependence and faith that I want to go into El Salvador with. I want to depend on Jesus for the strength to serve after hours on my feet and little sleep. I want to depend on Him for patience when tempers are running high. I want to depend on Him when things don’t go according to the itinerary. I want to trust Him to give me the words to speak when someone asks for prayer or wants to know more of who Jesus is. I want to trust that He will be there, working within me and around me, and it is not of my own doing or strength than anything gets accomplished.
Matthew 18: 2-4
“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
To learn more about my mission trip to El Salvador and join the prayer or financial support team, visit my GoFund Me page.