Buenos Dias Oaxaca
This morning before breakfast Dave shared the story of Lazarus, from John 11: 1-44
He made some obvious comments about the fact that Jesus could have raised Lazarus without going to his tomb, with a simple conversation with His Father Lazarus could have been raised from the dead Or that Martha didn’t have to run out to meet Jesus, but she did. Jesus went to the tomb to show everyone that He had the power to raise Lazarus from the dead…
Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.
John 11: 41-42
In the same way, Dave said by us men coming to Oaxaca, it was a way to show those serving long term for the Gospel that they are part of and connected to the body of Christ outside of Oaxaca. It would have been easy for the men to give money and not come, but to give of their time and talents as well, means more and shows that the men care. Dave shared how Americo and Norma, missionaries here in Oaxaca, are constantly giving…leading Bible studies, church on Sundays at multiple locations. Every day is ministry. They don’t get to “go home” at the end of the week like we do. Ministry continues to happen. The blessing to them isn’t always the work that is done by the men, which is nice. It’s the time of fellowship and friendships that are made, knowing that there are men from another country who would come and help serve alongside them, sharing the load or yoke, even for a short time, means tons to them.
Forget all the hoopla, programming, and production value…sometimes just showing up is all that’s needed. Now isn’t that refreshing!
Work continues. Here are some photos from today…
Norma and the hermanas: wonderful servants and cooks preparing lunch for us.
more photos on our facebook page HERE