Without a vision, the people will perish.
This week the whole team got to help out a lot with of different ministries within the town of Temuco and interact with many families from the church we are working with called San Mateo. We painted a lot of different houses and churches. We also visited a little church on a huge farm within the mountains. The family fed us a lot of food and we got to establish relationship with them, they showed us their farm, apple orchard, cows that we took many pictures with and we got to paint their church. Me and another guy on the team were able to help cook lunch with the ladies on the farm for my other teammates who were painting the church. I learned how to make yummy food called sope-I-Pia, which is like a donut that is fried and you put salsa on it! I talked to the family who lived on the farm; they lived a very simple life together and were happy.
We also got to do a skit and sing songs for a boarding school in the mountains. We did a skit on David and Goliath and we explained it to the kids and Heather gave a testimony that went along with the story. We got invited back Thursday to play the kids, so the whole team and myself are looking forward to that very much!
Sunday we went to church and got invited to many different peoples houses. I was with Jenna and we went to a lady’s house and helped cooked lunch, she did our hair because she has a hair salon in her house, we talked for a very long time about her life and we met her daughter who we also got to know a lot. They spoke no English so my brain hurt at the end of the day, but what a blessing is was to be blessed by people who don’t even know us. After that the whole team went to another lady’s house were she fed us dinner and we got to talk about our days and how we were so blessed by all the people who hosted us for lunch.
This week for me has been awesome but honestly I lost sight of why I’m here. We have been very busy and I haven’t got much alone time but as I was reading my bible today God reminded me of many things. He reminded me that he is my vision. That my own desires in my life, the time I’m selfish, were becoming my vision, my focus this week. They were my focus instead of Him. I was brought to the verses Philippians 3:7-11, Colossians 3:1-3 and Hebrews 12:1-2 where it talks about considering everything a loss to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ. My visions comes from these verse and my vision is to know His power and share in His suffering, I want to set my mind on heavenly things, and throw off everything that hinders me from him and run this race with my eyes focused on Him not looking to right or the left, or steering from side to side. Even if you’re the greatest missionary in the world you still need to keep Him as your vision. Many times I lose sight of why I am where I am, and serving Him wholeheartedly for his glory and not my own. God reminded me that He is my vision! That no matter what I do it needs to be for Him, never my own glory!
I think of John the Baptist, the one who prepared the way for Jesus. All of Israel was coming to get baptized by him, almost everyone knew who he was. But once Jesus came to this earth he said my favorite verse in the whole world, John 3:30, which says: “He must become greater, I must become less”. He realized the importance of Jesus coming and he humbled himself before Him. We should all take the example of John the Baptist, humbling our selves, realizing that we are not to be the one who is glorified, God is our vision and to realize the importance of that is to humble our self to make Him our vision!
Kristine Pask – DTS Student, January, 2015