Gale – Closing thoughts

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A New Perspective

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This was my first mission trip, something that has been on my heart for some time. Rick invited me to participate, and honestly, I don’t know how it could have been more rewarding. The week was very challenging physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I wrongly thought that somehow we could be a blessing to the people of Guatemala. It was just the opposite. The people of Guatemala blessed me infinitely more. And now I have been spending the past week reflecting. I have sifted through the pictures and videos and am so stirred. Even the people I share highlights of the trip with are moved to tears.

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The week gave me a completely new perspective as I get back into my routine. I saw an empty wheel chair at the airport recently – something that happens every time I travel. But now it means something different. It reminds me of the people of the world that need wheel chairs and the incredible wheel chair ministry of Chris Mooney and Bethel Ministries. And I think of all the work Rick and the other team members are doing to help collect wheelchairs. I will never forget the wheelchair distribution and the people that received them during our visit. Many times during the course of a day, I see something like a new house, etc. and immediately think of Guatemala. These are just a few examples. My prayer is that I do not lose this perspective; that I will not become less mindful of the blessings in my life six months from now.

Our pastor recently started a series in 2 Timothy. He preached on 2 Timothy 1 this week. As he read verse 4, it reminded me of our week in Guatemala: “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy”. The context is different, but I could not stop thinking of our week in Guatemala.

And it was great to be part of the team. Brad and Rick had previous experiences in Guatemala. Dan participated in other mission trips. But this was my first – it was great to be with some experienced guys. Our days were filled with laughter, crying, working, prayer, and worship – now that’s a full day! Brad led us in a way that not only allowed us to serve, but also balanced this with devotion, worship, and prayer. Wow! And I am amazed at how the Spirit transcends language. Bonds were not only formed with team members, but also with people that spoke little or no English in ways only the Spirit can enable. This was so evident with Pastor Juan and his family and some of the people we served.

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Thank you for all the prayers. And please continue to lift up Chris Mooney and Pastor Juan – for their continued strength, passion, and zeal to deliver the gospel and minister to the people of Guatemala; seeing unbelieving people become committed followers of Jesus.

Dios te Bendiga,

Gale

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