Close to the end of the week with each mission team, we ask each person to think of one word to describe their time in the DR. Last week we had an AmAzInG group of high school kids (and adults) spend a week pouring into this community.
My one word for this week would be: RESILIENCE!
The dictionary defines resilience as the ability to recover readily from illness or adversity. It also states that resilience is the power or ability to return to the original form after being bent, compressed, or stretched. For the most part, I agree that these definitions describe the team…except for one part.
Let me explain…
During this week, we had: a chipped tooth, a 5.6 earthquake, torrential downpours that caused the upstairs (yes, upstairs) of the house to flood, a few power and water problems (typical for 3rd world living) and a retched stomach bug that periodically took about 5-6 people down at a time…with the final count being 23 people.
IN SPITE OF these things…this team kept rocking it!!!
At one point during the week, I looked at Mo and said:
“What is it about this group that is threatening satan so much? He keeps attacking, and God’s power keeps prevailing! Satan is just making a fool out of himself at this point!”
IN SPITE of all of these things, this team:
*Built a wall around our mission house AND Kristi & Keely’s mission house!!!
*Painted the entire school
*THIS team felt God’s presence and love wrapped tightly around each one of them, and they were blessed to truly understand God’s word in Galatians 6:9:
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
God never promises us that following him and doing HIS work will be easy but it will always glorify HIM.
When defining resilience, the part about “returning to the original form” cannot apply to THIS team! See…satan was threatened because he KNOWS that THIS group has been chosen to spread God’s word in ways that while rock this world…
…kind of like the earthquake that we felt!
Good job, team!
…and Good job, parents, for a job well done raising such AmAzInG children of God!!!