Growing up I used to hear the older women at my church say that God works in mysterious ways. Coming to Nicaragua has helped me understand this statement. Though our first night in San Onofre was rough, somehow God was able to steer us through the entire week seamlessly.
Very few of us reported having any mosquito bites and no one got sick. Vacation Bible school was a huge success. We saw nearly every baby we were supposed to see in the clinic. 40 water filters were installed. 74 wash kits were given out. And we had formed an invaluable relationship with the community.
Who would’ve thought a small group of 10 missionaries of different ages and races from a small church in Kansas City would be able to accomplish so much in just one week? Only God could have been able to pull together such a diverse group that would work this well together.
Though it was hard to say goodbye to the community, I think we can all agree that our lives have been changed. It’ll be especially hard to see water, a latrine, and access to health care the same way again.
It’s funny that we will be called the missionaries because in many ways I feel as if the people of San Onofre have ministered to me. Their lifestyle has show me that materialistic things do not equate to happiness. The diversity within their families has confirmed that God’s kingdom will hold every race under the sun. And their faith in Jesus Christ has renewed my own desire to become a better Christian.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.