Going overseas for mission trip? The past me, will not go for this kind of thing. When I go overseas I like to have fun and I used to think what is the fun in going for mission trip? At church, I could hear testimonies from people and even youths on how they are blessed as they were spreading the gospel of christ into the world out there while at the same time just appreciate the presence of the old and underprivileged people. At that time, my impression to those testimonies were just “Wow and Amen”. However, I had no heart to experience one myself.
However this time, I could distinctly feel the urge of signing up for it when my care group leaders were sharing about the open slot for Cambodia mission trip. But when I found out that during the month is nearing my prelim exams and if I go means I have to forgo the time in studying, my mind start to have a different answer from my heart. I prayed to God and asked Him to give me a sign that going for this mission trip will not affect my study. I told myself if I manage to convince my mom to finance me for the trip I will take it as a sign from God and I will go.
(Yes, I am not working and I am really blessed to have such kind and loving mother to support me all she can although I am already at this age. A little about me though, I lost my father at the age of 5 and my mother has been single-handedly support me and two brothers in our education and life. I have always respect her for her strong and tough character as a woman. Furthermore, I am now living alone in Singapore away from my family, and I can really feel how much love she has given me when she accommodate with all my selfish request. I do love my dearest mom a lot)
She actually agreed without me having to convince her much, and so I signed up for the Cambodia mission trip. That night itself when I was reading the bible, the word of God speaks to me in my heart. The verse I chanced upon was this:
Ephesians 4:28-29 “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
When I read this verse, the words that caught my eye is “working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” and the following words that come after it affirms me that I could also impart grace to the hearers instead of just blaming life and complain to my friends all the times about how I feel like a failure who has wasted many years. The complains are the corrupt words that proceed out of my mouth. I do not believe that corrupted words only means vulgar for it is said in the bible:
Numbers 11:1 “Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.”
See how serious complaining can be. But good news, children of God, for the verse that I am going to share below about not complaining can bring good to the world.
Philippians 2:14-15 “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world”.
So when God gives me Ephesians 4:28-29 as I was reading the word of God, my heart can really hear Him encouraging me to go. That even someone like me, a failure, can also help to spread the joy to the world. I am sure this trip will not only bless the people in Cambodia that I reached out to, but at the same time I will get to learn, experience and know what brings a smile to the faces of the people who shares their testimonies about their mission trip experience. It will be on the 27th February till 3rd March, so I will definitely put updates on my blog when I come back.
Before I end my blog for the day, there is a verse I really want to share.
Philippians 4:10-13 “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
This verse is really encouraging to me. Knowing my Almighty God who always care for me and knowing that His care grows deeper day by day, even though I have Christ living this life for me, even though I can do all things because His beloved son is the one who lives this life for me. So, even if God do not have the opportunity to care for me because of the Spirit of the Living God that is strengthened within me, God still do not stop caring for me.
I want all of you to know that God, our Heavenly Daddy will never ever leave us even when things are getting good in our life. Blessings and favors from God will never stop flowing from your life despite you having been blessed already. His blessings for us are never-ending. So beloved, seek our Heavenly Father’s love not only when things got bad, but also rejoice and give thanks to Him, praise Him, worship Him, in the good times of your life. God loves all these and His smile upon us will only make our faces shine brighter to the world. That we may bring hope and light to the people of this world. Thank you for taking your time to read once again, and God bless =)