Cuan Grande es Dios. How Great is Our God. Not a day passes where I do not see His glory somewhere. Whether in the sun on the clouds or seeing His hand in the lives of others. I have seen His glory through this trip. From the beautiful landscape to the loving people.
From delivering water to those who need it, to listening to what God is doing in the lives of some of the house kids. From handing out water and food in the dump, to worshiping in one of the local churches. We have seen some of the best and worst of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Through it all, when I looked around I saw people just like me. They may speak a different language and they grew up in very different circumstances, but they are still God’s masterpieces.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
We are the church. Not just those of us in Memphis, or Tennessee, or even those of us in the US. All of us who have accepted God’s gift of salvation are the church. I have loved the chance to serve alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ during my time in Honduras. To see what they are doing. How they are not just delivering food and supplies, but building relationships with the people around them.
Sometimes we look for a checklist of things we need to do to be good Christians—
I have my quiet time every day.
I go to church three times a week.
I do work for the less fortunate around me.
I give money to the church.
I give money to missions.
I go do good work on mission trips.
We try to create a nice, clean list so we can check items off and feel good about ourselves. These are all great things, but we see in Ephesians 2:8 that it is by grace we are saved. Salvation is not something we earn. It is a gift God has given to us that we accept through faith. Yet we see in James that faith without works is dead. So we are saved by grace through faith, but our faith should be apparent by our good works.
Our heart change should be reflected in our actions. It is not about a checklist, but a relationship.
This trip was not about checking something off my list, it was about seeing that God is working through Point of Impact in Honduras and going to be a part of it. I did not need to travel to Central America to serve the needy, but God blessed me with a chance to go with Pastor Yovani to deliver a tub of love (a months worth of supplies) to people he has built relationships with through showing them love day in and day out.
Pastor Yovani does not go in, drop off the tub, then leave. He goes in and shows them God’s love through conversation, prayer, and the supplies. You can tell that he genuinely loves these people. They are more than a service opportunity. They are his family. I got the chance to see how he loves and supports them. I got to see some of the conditions and situations they deal with on a day to day basis.
Honestly, it is convicting to see the kinds of situations and conditions the church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras deals with and yet how much love they have and show for others. To hear Pastor Jovani tell us that he prays for us at 8am every morning. Dealing with the conditions in Honduras, he makes time to pray for us every day. My life is so easy in comparison to what people deal with down there.
I get up every morning, roll out of my nice comfortable lice free bed, and get something to eat because I am “starving” having not eaten in 8-10 hours. I get in my well functioning car and drive 30 minutes to get to work on nicely paved roads. I stop for gas whenever I need. I do not worry about my safety. In short, I am so very blessed.
God has given me so much. I have so many people around me that love and support me, I have a great job, I have food to eat, a roof over my head. How could I not want to share the blessings God has given me? How could I not want to love others as I have been loved? How much am I willing to change my life to help those around me? To help my brothers and sisters throughout the world?
We are the church. Whether we live in Honduras or the US, speak Spanish or English, have little or an abundance, we are God’s children. He loves us so much that he sent His son to die for us. I have walked alongside some of those living for God daily in Honduras, and I am so very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the work God is doing there. I love them and their ministry and will continue to pray for them daily.
I am now back in Memphis on the mission field God has given me. My challenge is to live daily for Him here. To spread the love of God to everyone I meet here, just as they are spreading God’s love on their mission field in Honduras.
Who is blogging?
Andy McFarland is the CTO of RocketFuel. He is passionate about finding where God is working and joining in. Andy recently traveled with Point of Impact to Honduras in October.