Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Mission Trip from Chihuahua

Presently we are hosting a group of young people from Chihuahua State... meaning they are not all from the city of Chihuahua.

We were asked by the church in Cuauhtemoc if we would be willing to host a group of young adults (early/mid 20's) for a week.  They were wanting to do a missions trip, as most of them have a sincere desire to serve God in missions.  We were excited!

They arrived on Monday morning; seven young people.  We had no idea who was coming.  Ernie had made the arrangements with a youth leader and basically said "come on down."

On that first day, after a wonderful meal together, we sat around and listened to them share a little about themselves. This was such a rich blessing for us; moved some to tears.  Why? Because here we were meeting the fruits of EMC missions in Mexico.  How so? Well, as they shared their stories some of them attributed their faith to the work of Dora Friesen, Cathy Thiessen and Alvira Friesen.  Seeds planted years ago, often in the lives of their parents, or grandparents, sometimes also in their early years. It was so exciting to see the 'fruit' of some of the missionary activity that had happened in northern Mexico many years earlier, especially given that there is no longer an EMC missionary presence in Chihuahua.

Sometimes we get to see the fruit of our faithfulness, sometimes we don't.  Then there are times when others hear about someones' faithfulness, and how it has reaped generational harvests.

They have only been here for 2 days, heading into day 3 (they are only here till Saturday morning), but they have already touched our lives. They have reminded me to be faithful, to plant seeds, for one never knows where, or when, the harvest will come up.

the group of 7 with some of the GDL missionaries, praying over the city of GDL
Finally, to see a group of young adults, with a burning desire to be involved in missions, is another level of encouragement! Could some of these end up being the next 'wave' of missionaries? Would that not be amazing, if the EMC was not only able to be used of God to spread His Word in other countries and cultures, but also, as that work/church matures, find that it also spawns a new generation of missionaries! WOW! 

On a personal note, the tall fellow on the far right (Nathaniel) is Hortencia's grandson, and Sarah's son. Hortencia, an amazing woman of faith, that recently went home to be with the Lord, brought up her daughters to serve the Lord as well. This family was/is very dear to our hearts, and became close friends during our years in Chihuahua. To be able to host Nathaniel, because of these connections, is an added blessing! The Lord is truly good!

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