Have you ever thought about the purpose of mission work? Why do we send these groups of 70 people to Honduras to work for about a week anyways? You can either consider this to be a small group or a big group. If you compare the number in our group to the number of Christians in the world, it's a very small group. However, if you think about the size of this community we're working in and the number of gringos that come here to work, then you know it's a huge group. For the next week, our group is going to be a team. We will work together for a common goal. Where one of us is weak, others will be strong. The reason we come together to do mission work is so we can support each other. We need each other for motivation. Seeing others working for the Lord and giving their all is motivating for us to do the same. Our focus is kept on the right track by being a part of a team that puts the Lord's work first in their lives. One of the best parts of mission work is the group. You get to know so many workers for Christ and thrive off of their servant hearts. It proves to you that there are other Christians out there who are striving to share the message of Christ and obtain a home in Heaven one day. Brett Mitchell talked to us at devo tonight about teamwork. To quote him: "I make you better, you make me better." For the next week, we need everyone here to be motivated and focused. When one member of our team steps up, the rest of us should follow their lead and step up as well. On a team, you must learn when you must lead, and when you must follow.
We have had a blessed Lord's Day. Our morning began with breakfast at the hotel before we loaded the buses about 8:30. We arrived in Agua Agria close to 9:30, and I think worship service began about 10. We sang praises to God in both English and Spanish, and then heard a lesson from Terry Reeves. He spoke about how in life we try to alter God's will to make it our will. There are some things our Father asks us to do that are easy and we want to follow, but when it comes to the tough things we want to do it our own way. We think we know better than our Father. But in reality, His will is always the best. He related this to the church. We want the church to be the way we want it, but the truth is we didn't buy the church and our name is not on it. We are a part of the church of Christ. It's His church because He bought it and His name is on it. Christ has asked us to do many things and will continue to ask much of us in our lives, and it is our choice to obey Him, or be disobedient.
After worship service, we greeted our brothers and sisters at the church in Agua Agria and discussed the plans for the rest of our stay here with them. Some men went to check out the work sites and at the church building they have already begun the construction without us. Lunch was a choice between KFC, Pizza Hut, and Wendy's, followed by a run to the grocery store to stock up for lunch for the week. When we got back to the hotel, we unloaded the buses with supplies and began sorting. After a few hours we were able to get all the medicines and clothes sorted. We also had a group working on VBS during this time. I'm excited and nervous to see how VBS goes tomorrow...our time frame is from about 9-3 with the kids. 6 hours is a long time, but we've got a great skit and some songs to keep them entertained for a little while. The medical clinic is set to begin at 9:30 in the morning, which means that people will be lined up at the door waiting when we pull up at 9. Construction has a lot on their plate, but with as many people as we have it'll probably be done in today. They are going to be building two houses, one for each of the preacher's at the church in Agua Agria. One of these houses is on the same lot as the church and will also have a children's classroom connected to it. Between the medical clinic, VBS, and all the construction going on I have a feeling we're all going to be exhausted come tomorrow night, but that's what we're here for!
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."