Peru, Let’s Keep This Party Going
John 5:30 – I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
So we succeeded in our mission trip. God used us to change hearts and souls in Peru,and He used Peru to change hearts and souls of the 7 of us. Time to board a plane and leave, right? As we were sitting at dinner before our flight (which is another whole story in and of itself, lol) we get the call that our flight had been cancelled.
God, are you calling us to stay in Peru?
After an hour of going around and around with the airline, they got us on an earlier flight (1 AM boarding) and we headed off to Miami. The flight was amazing. It was operated by LAN Airlines. We got fed (dinner at 2 AM), had free run of all the movies we could ever want to watch, and very comfortable blankets with earplugs and a face mask that made it nice and dark. Great flight.
We get to Miami at 8AM with a flight that is supposed to leave at 5PM. We had no desire to sit in the airport for another 8 hours. So Pastor Christian got us booked on the 9:30AM flight. Unfortunately, customs had a different plan. We missed that flight. Then we got booked on another flight, an 11:05 but realized we couldn’t make that one so we had to take the 11:55 flight.
The only phrase that kept coming to mind was “Welcome to the missions field.”
And that is where I am writing from, the plane. Our flight ends up getting us in about 30 minutes before our original flight.
God takes care of those who do his work.
It is always this way.
Christians will never “need” for anything because God will take care of it. I truly believe that. If there is something being in the missions field has taught me it is that God will take care of His children. Yes, it is His timing. It is His desires. But He has our greater desire at heart. He wants to see us eternally in bliss in heaven. We simply need to believe.
As we were leaving the bus at the airport in Peru, our guide, Adam, said that when you leave, if you truly are a child of God, you will either have a calling or a burden. A calling is just that, something that God gives you to make a change in the direct lives of the Peruvians or in the missions field. Ministries are created from callings. Churches are planted from callings. Lives get immediately impacted by callings.
A burden is feeling that you need to help in some way, whether small or large. Lives and circumstances are affected, be it quickly or slowly, by having a burden.
Both are needed and are good. Every person will have either a calling or a burden. God will use both to affect change. The important piece is understanding which you have.
So as I end this Peru mission log, know that I pray that this little glimpse into the lives of 7 gringos who have no clue how to speak the language will cause a burden or a calling to well up inside of you.
I am nothing special. I simply said “yes” when God said “go.” Nothing that happened this week happened because of my direct influence. It was all God. If He can use me, He can use you. I will challenge you to find a mission trip. Join the missions field. Go and help the poor, the hurting, the infirmed, and those who are subject to injustice. Your life will change. I guarantee it, as long as you remain faithful to God and keep Him at the forefront.
James 1:2-4 – Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.