It seems like just yesterday I was preparing to go on my first trip into Northern Mexico leading a church planting team from the Center for Pioneer Church Planting. Some things have certainly changed during these two years – familiarity with the people and culture, we are based in a different village than where we started, we are working with a church plant that has begun during our time, many members of the team, relationships in villages, expectations, going in Sundays as opposed to just one week per month, etc.
However, there is one thing that has always remained the same – the reality of our utter dependence on the Lord. When I return I plan on writing about many of my observations and lessons I have learned from working in Northern Mexico over the last two years. But, perhaps, the best experience that I have had in going so regularly to Northern Mexico is the feeling of total dependence on the Holy Spirit every time we go. I cannot rely on my abilities. I cannot rely on my communication skills. I cannot rely on my ministry experience or my seminary degree. No, I am left with only one person to rely on, Jesus. The good news is he promised to be with me in this missionary endeavor(Matt 28:20)!
Therefore, these last two years have been humbling and exhilarating. I have had the privilege of seeing God show His sovereign power to work in the lives of people who do not know him despite my lack of abilities. I have had the privilege to see God grow people who do know Him into better disciples simply by pointing them to truths of His Word. Because so much of what we tend to rely on in the States has been stripped away there is no temptation to point people to ourselves or our abilities.
I cannot help but wonder if perhaps I have received a two year education from the Lord about the reality of how much I need Him in every way no matter where I am and what I am doing.
So, as our team travels to Mexico today to labor for Christ this week please pray that we finish well, that the work we took part in lasts, and that all glory and praise for any fruit would be directed solely to the Lord of the Harvest!