I recently returned from a medical-mission trip to Honduras, working with an organization called World Gospel Outreach (http://www.wgoreach.org/) and sponsored by New Life Community Church of San Jose, CA (http://www.newlifesj.org/).
While I’m still working on putting together a newsletter for family, friends, and supporters, I recently shared with them two of the biggest lessons that God taught me during my trip.
1) The medical services we offered pale in comparison to God’s great gospel. This was something that I definitely knew and had in mind coming into the trip, but wasn’t really solidified in my mind until after I had arrived in Honduras and began helping during the medical brigades. We were blessed with the opportunity to offer numerous services to those that had come to our brigade sites (medical, optical, and dental) but the things we could give them to heal them of their physical ailments would soon pass (medications would need to be refilled, glasses could easily be lost/misplaced, and pulled teeth are gone for the rest of their lives). It’s because we could only help the Hondurans with these temporary things that the gift of greater value, the gospel, shines forth from the perspective of eternity. By the end of the trip, 219 people professed new faith in the Lord and 117 others made recommitments to Christ!2) Christ’s example of humility and service should spur me on to do the same. One verse I had to constantly remind myself of is Matt. 20:28: “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”. During the beginning of my trip, it was easy to be selfish even in my selflessness. Even when I was serving others, I wanted to do so in a way that was comfortable and easy for me, and it was easy to grumble and complain in my own heart and mind when I didn’t have it that way. By the middle of the week, the Lord had convicted me of my selfish heart of service and I hope that by the end of the week (and even back here in the States) the Holy Spirit will have grown me to be selfless in my service, giving and spending my all for the sake of those who have yet to know Christ.