Agents of Change
“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.” - John Piper - When I got a call from Jorge Sosa, TerraMica's Country Manager in Honduras, about translating for a women’s team coming to serve Honduran women here, I was quickly on board! The purpose of the trip was to love on others!
After an hour of driving and reconnecting with the other translators, we met the team! I saw 6 great women, ready to meet others and love on them well!!! God made it evident from the start He was assembling this team, and we were all here to carry out His agenda, His purpose, for HIS Glory!
As we got to the clinic the next morning we find an amazing team of doctors, nurses, and other staff already pumped up and ready to roll with the activities for the day!
As we jumped into action, somehow I took a step back and was just in awe. God and how He brings people together, to carry out His purpose, amazed me.
And John Piper’s quote came to mind! Here we all were, passionate people, worshiping Him, from different nations, speaking different tongues, enthusiastic about what was about to happen, and ready to speak His name!
Short-term missions can have a great long-term impact. As followers of Jesus we can reach others across cultures, even if we don’t know the language because God’s love is a language of its own. And this time was no different! You could hear laughter and you could see evidence of God’s love through the conversations, through prayer, through the smiles, the lighting up of eyes when a pair of glasses worked perfectly well, the painting of nails, and women feeling cared for, and caring for people’s medical need. Our time there led to so much growth. We often think of material growth for those we help. Yet, so much growth happens for everyone involved in short-term missions. Growth in love and in relationship, first and foremost with our God, but also with those we come in contact with.
In my regular job, I have learned that the more healthy relationships one has, the more likely one is to thrive. The team was in country for a few days, but the relationships have been happening for months ahead of time, before a team is on the ground. Relationship evolves through the planning stages both, in and out of country, it flourishes when we all meet and get excited about what is to come. It becomes meaningful when the reality of parting ways physically hits us and we look back at the days or weeks we have worked together and the moments we had at the clinic, while handing out medicine, while testing for glasses, while giving out hugs and expressions of God’s love like hugs and laughter. These relationships become relevant when we say goodbye, we soak the experience in, and we pray for those we have met and shared important life changing moments. Whether it is for the Honduran people that received care at the health fair or clinic, or the team that traveled miles and left their comfort zone, or the medical team of doctors and nurses that stay and continue caring for that beautiful community, or the translators that facilitated language communication one thing is true: God uses relationships as agent of change.
Change for Honduras, for the U.S.A., and the world will continue as we all remember what it was like to work together. It will also continue, as we know what God is calling us to do for those around us that is to share Him with other, so He may gather joyful worshipers for Himself. When we bring our affections into line with His, we join God in His purpose. So I encourage you, yes you, to join in! Join in on global purpose, step out of your comfort zone to be a part of purposeful relationships and growth, and to be an agent of change.
--by Becky Vega, Identity Mission staffer and TerraMica translator