During our group devotional and prayer time, Pastor Jovin shared with us. He told us a story of about a time in his life when he gave up. His ministry was accomplishing nothing and was ready to walk away. God had other plans for Martinez --- God reminded Martinez that it's not for us to be concerned about what the results are, about who is reached, about what is accomplished. We are simply called to be faithful and to leave the rest to Him. He told us a friend of his who counseled him with a simple saying..."it's not if what I do is worth it, but is He worth it."
These were words I needed to hear. We/I may accomplish nothing this week that I can measure - or that we planned or hoped to do.....I may not affect the life of a single person.....and yet my effort, my work will all be worth it...or more appropriately said my work/my effort will all be worth HIM. Our scales, our timing, our goals are nothing.....but serving and doing whatever I can, no matter what the results....yes He is worth it.
So today - we built nothing. We did show the Jesus film to 100 or so people from the tent city outside the house we are staying in. Tomorrow - we will work and hopefully make tremendous progress.....but if we don't it's all OK because our God is.....is....worth it.
The first picture below is from a high point in Haiti --- the second is from the village below. When looking through pictures from today the contrast struck me.....you don't think of picture #1 when thinking of Haiti. It gave all of us a new perspective. Haiti is beautiful and God willing, just like our lives if we work together to let Jesus in when we drill down into the "city" it will again be beautiful.
|The view from within|
|The view from above|
|Carol watching with the kids|