(By Sandy Peavy, Manor, TX)
“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day, I’d rather someone show me than merely point the way.”
I was battling my way through thick sheets of black plastic while trying not to bang my head into the wooden support system, yet again, I managed to make a quick escape out of the darkroom. Gratefully inhaling the crisp mountain air I noticed a well dressed Mexican woman wanting to approach me. “You people are so good!” she exclaimed. That stopped me in my tracks. Just how DOES one respond to a statement like that? I must confess to starting off rather cynically. “She probably wants to cut ahead of all these other poor people who have been waiting for hours”, I thought to myself, taking in her very nice appearance. But then, my next thought was, “This is my ONE chance to say just the right thing so God gets the glory. You know, a really nice sermon, but what should it be?” My last thought was “I really, really, really hope her X-ray turns out, she seems so nice.” It’s rather amazing how many thoughts can pass through one’s head in the amount of time it takes for someone else to pause and catch their breath. As I stood there, speechless, she addressed the long line of women. “Do you know what I saw today?” she asked. “I saw a DOCTOR hold the hand of a TOTONACA Indian woman while he was examining her sores. I have never even talked to a Totonaco, let alone touched one. If we are to be good mothers to our children,” she continued, “We need to teach them to be nice to ALL people no matter who they are. Because they love God, that’s what these people do.”
What a sermon she had seen that day. I don’t know who the doctor was, but I do know that he was unknowingly helping to heal one woman’s soul while holding another woman’s hand. That to me is the essence of TIME FOR CHRIST, and why I feel so privileged that my kids and I can serve with them.
“I want to thank all of you for allowing my family and myself to serve on the Christmas mission trip. We can’t imagine doing anything else with our Christmas in the future.”
“Just wanted to tell you thanks again for letting our friends go on the trip to San Luis Potosi. I cannot tell you how blessed they were to serve as they did. I believe it has changed their lives significantly. Praise to our Lord!”
“From the beginning we noticed and sensed a real spirit of unity amongst the participants of the caravan. This was an answer to prayer and a huge blessing for us. We were also tremendously blessed to be able to work together with our Mexican brothers and sisters in Christ on this caravan. I was impressed with how the evangelism team was able to help keep the lines flowing while at the same time makes sure, that everyone had heard the Gospel and that those interested could receive a Bible. The team works together well and everyone just seemed to know when it was his or her turn to preach in public or to just go and talk with a person that was receptive to the Gospel.
( By Doris Puckett )
Another of God’s purposes for His children is FELLOWSHIP. While working together as the body of Christ on the Medical Caravan, there is a wonderful sense of oneness. We are one big, happy family working together for the glory of God. It
is amazing to see the different parts of the body perfectly functioning
together – some are the hands, others the feet, still others the eyes –
and of also great importance – the tongue, for communication between
Spanish-speaking and English-speaking folks. Of course, another great means of communication is the “smile” – and ALL can do that. A great deal of God’s love flows freely through His servants in this unique mission endeavor. Many local people express the impact this showering of love has had on their lives.
It is an extreme joy to take part in fulfilling God’s great commandments found in Luke 10:27.
“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” (NAS)