Life will be brighter than noonday,
and darkness will become like morning. Job 11:17
This was a verse that a good friend of mine shared with me when I told her about my recent mission trip in Mexico with FXMissions. I told her how real I felt the Love of God, pour over me as I determined at the last moment to join the team on their trip into the interior of Mexico. They were visiting Esperanza Viva Youth Home in Matamoros to spend some time with the youth before leaving for their trip.
When God opens doors that He wants you to walk through you really can’t say no! There are times when you are not sure if it is God but this was definitely not one of them I could clearly hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me and inviting me to partner with Him …I couldn’t resist this invitation! How pleasant it is to walk in God’s perfect will! God and His promises, how can you resist Him?
A two week mission trip ended up being 13 awesome and blessed days, each day better than the next! Every place we visited I strongly felt the Presence of God, God moved and worked in so many different ways in each place, it was too much to take in at one time! The passion of the people worshiping God at the House of Prayer in Cuernavaca, each smile of every child at Esperanza Viva in Puebla, the people’s hunger for God in Oaxaca, the beauty of God displayed in a land that is far away and in the middle of nowhere… obviously I’m talking about the beautiful mountains in Oaxaca, did I mention I was born in Oaxaca? 🙂
One thing that is always interesting is trying to understand God’s multiplication process … when you are on a missions trip one of the goals is to bless and love the people you are visiting… and even though that happens, in truth you are more blessed by them.
One of the things I love the most about missions is that every place I go God teaches me something new, and this trip wasn’t the exception. God amazed me! He blessed me more than I was expecting, and that was what He reminded me through different situations during the trip, to “expect the unexpected.”
At this point of my chat with my friend, she was as excited as I. She encouraged me to never lose the ability to be amazed, and that’s how I want to live, not just to live an ordinary life but to walk by faith, setting my eyes on the eternal, and to find the extraordinary in ordinary things. So, I’m so ready to be amazed this year more than ever in life! Amaze me Lord, I am yours!!
From Ita Hernandez (far left), who lives at Esperanza Viva Children's Home in Matamoros with her family (pictured here). She can be reached by email by clicking Email Me!