The dictionary defines “benediction” as “a blessing” and after spending the past week in rural Thailand, it reminds me that the world desperately needs a benediction. A mindfulness to pay attention to other people’s reality and needs so hope is renewed.
As our short time here comes to a close, it won’t come as a surprise for those who know me, that I don’t want to come home. I can also say that this is true for the rest of the team. It’s been like a big family reunion with that a part of the family you’ve only heard about….spending time meeting spiritual and physical needs and having the privilege of loving, encouraging, supporting, educating and equipping one another. So much has occurred in such a short time and there are so many stories to tell, all with the expressed purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Rob and Lori have been an amazing example of what grace and faith looks like on the ground. It’s already a spiritual battle to share and show Christ to others however imagine a place where you are surrounded by blatant idolatry. Add to that physical conditions that would challenge the most fit. We have seen persevering grace, sustaining grace, wonderful grace…and an ever present unshakeable faith.
What do I (we) take away from this experience? How do we continue this work with the same passion once we return home? By remembering:
Christ has no body on earth but mine, no hands but mine, no feet but mine. Mine are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out upon. Mine are the feet with which He uses to go about doing good and mine are the hands with which He uses to bless others now.
A trust, a calling, a service that is entrusted to all who call themselves Christians.