The men gathered with Pastors Americo and Norma and their kids, inside the newly finished storage room for one last team photo before heading for home
After our little celebration dinner Dave gathered the men together one last time to encourage and thank the men for all their hard work and dedication to this years project in Oaxaca. Sharing from Colosians 3, Dave encouraged the men to continue to do “good” when they get back home. Paul reminds us in vs 11, that we are here serving Christ as fellow believers and servants of Jesus. We are no longer Americans, Mexicans, Lutherans, Oregonians or whatever label you wanna use…we all belong to Christ.
Dave said that he is thankful that the all of the men took their time and talents to come and serve in Oaxaca with Adventures in Life this week, but if they do nothing else for the Kingdom of God this year, he would be sad. Dave encouraged the men to continue to serve Christ and others when they get back home.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:16-17 ESV)
Kingdom work never ends. It was a great week of ministry and a blessing to be a witness to the work that God did through the men this week. If you want to see some photos from this week you can visit our Facebook page HERE.
More photos soon…
Tonight we got together one last time, all the men who were serving this week, along with Pastors Americo and Norma, and some of the families that served alongside us this past week in Oaxaca. It was great to break bread with our brothers and sisters in Christ after a great week of serving Jesus.We took one final group shot in front of the new storage rooms the men built this week in Tlacolula.
As we prepare to leave tomorrow, it becomes an obvious time to reflect and thank God for his faithfulness. Nobody was seriously hurt, the work was completed, and relationships have strengthened renewed for those who have been to Oaxaca before, and new friendships for those coming for the first time.
Sometimes after these short term missions, we can forget once we get back home, that ministry continues after we leave. It’s that whole perception that if were not there, ministry must stop and wait til we come back 12 months from now. Nope!
The work is hard. Hermana Norma said it well tonight, that though her joy is in Christ, she will miss us. Sometimes just having fellow believers join you and fellowship with you, even for a short period of time, is therapeutic in and of itself. Showing up is enough. We don’t always have to do something. More on this when I get back to SD.