The Trip: The Work

by cynthiarendon

“Choice is the problem” (you’ve seen The Matrix, right?). And I agree. We live in a world full of opportunities, and though it seems heartening (and it really is actually), we can’t do them all. We all have to choose which way we want to go.

In today’s ever-changing world, many people are getting confused about their personal life mission. What they learned to be desirable either ceased to exist or is being diluted through lots of other options. Though I’m still not exactly sure of my “life mission”, I know that one facet of that purpose will include traveling to other countries, observing, and, well, serving in one form or another.

So what happens when there are options aplenty within that “supposed” life mission? What do you do? Where do you go from there? Well, in true missionary form — you pray. Right?

This past missionary trip was chock-full of opportunity. Our leaders constantly gave us details of all of the connections of local pastors and ministries in Maracaibo for which we could serve. As I mentioned in a previous post about the trip, our itinerary was tentative. So tentative, in fact, that we didn’t know where we were going to stay two days before we arrived. Again, what do you do in situations such as this one? Yep, you pray.

Nightly, during our pow-wow sessions — that’s where decisions were made . . . sort of. We’d hear of the possibilities for work the next day and think, logistically and spiritually, what would be the best course of action. Would there be kids there? Is there transportation available? Would we be redeeming, helping a lost world? Most importantly, would we be completing God’s mission? After all, this wasn’t about whether or not we’d feel accomplished at the end of the day, or whether or not we were drop-dead tired at the end of day . . . And then we’d pray. My asking God for guidance, discernment, and, frankly, His intercession soon became something natural — for all of us, really.

So what is His mission? How did Jesus complete the mission? It appears that His mission was done in a small-scale way at times. It wasn’t necessarily about the numbers. Jesus’ entire journey was through community. He modeled community by starting community — with twelve disciples who would manifest it. In this way, Jesus illustrated a strategic model that could easily be emulated for the mission to continue.  Chapter Two of the Book of Acts, verses 42 and on particularly, shows us what community looked like and what it did. It evangelized, it served, and it worshipped (among other things, of course). Plain and simple, regardless of the number, the quantity. And as a result, the mission spread, again, regardless of the how many. I suppose that at their best, churches and communities of people are a reflection of these original communities that did those acts with love, with sincerity. And as it turns out, when we do these things in a genuine spirit, according to God’s Will, these purposes are fulfilled in balance and harmony, they fulfill the mission of God. Or so I like to believe ;).

I guess this is part where I tell you about the things we did, our assignments in Maracaibo, right? Well, I could go on and on, really. So if you have specific questions, I suggest you email me — I’d be more than happy to answer :). But let me just say that in the process of working, we did make connections, relationships in Christ. And well, isn’t that what this whole thing was about anyway?

luz and I on christmas day — children's hospital. photo by guillermo sánchez via facebook