Charlie the dentist came by to see about English classes this weekend.
“What are you doing here at the end of the Earth?” asked Charlie, with his witty humor.
We laughed. “Well…” Tedd went on to explain that we’re here to do social work – offering English classes and Spanish literacy classes so people can benefit from learning to read…
“and so they can read the Bible, which helps the soul.”
“Ahh..okay. And what do you get?” “What’s in it for you?”
Hmmm…these are good questions to ask yourself when you’re sweating buckets, squashing monster roaches, and doing laundry by hand…
What am I doing here, and what’s in it for me?
The two weeks we’ve been here, we’ve already met believers who love God’s Word but can’t read it…and so many eager youth who want to learn English and are searching for a better life…and when I think about these questions, I remember our God and how much we want to please Him, and how redeeming is His love, and how precious is His Word, and how mighty is His name in all the Earth!
We’re here to glorify God, to love people, to be patient, to get over ourselves, to share what we have, to teach what we know, to bring good news to rich and poor, to encourage the churches, to learn and grow, to open the eyes of those who are blind to written words, to be out of our comfort zone, to see how ugly our hearts can be, and to see how God can transform us and others, and I’m sure so much more.
…and there’s something about the love of God that makes it all so worth it.