By Jenna Noordenbos: Despite a drought during the rainy season, the Agalta valley, in its green and mountainous beauty, the people of many communities, and the animals scattered everywhere, revealed God’s grace and his infinite love. This past summer I spent two weeks with a great group of people working with Honduras Outreach Inc. Each day we traveled to a new community, performing surgeries, vaccinating and sharing the gospel. My time there was much better than I could have ever imagined and the experiences I gained where like no other. Through all that time and even before I signed up to go, God knew that he was going to use me in Honduras. Little did I know, God had many lessons in store for me?
Knowing very little Spanish, God exercised and stretched my abilities to minister without words. At times it felt like I really wasn’t spreading the gospel, but then I would be reminded by a child’s smile or the hug and handshake from an adult whom we had just prayed for that the Spirit is at work in all of this and it’s not up to me. I was simply there responding to the call that God placed on my heart. He used my gifts of veterinary medicine and the love I have for people to spread the gospel.
God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called!
This was said during one of our evening devotions by a group member, who apparently got it from someone else, credit goes to you. However this was the first time I had ever heard it, and now it continues to play over and over in my head. Whenever I felt inadequate in communicating with Hondurans, the surgery was getting a little difficult, or if I ever felt doubt in a situation, I would remind myself of this. Trusting in the Lord is easier said than done, but with God’s hand visibly at work in my life and others, it was hard to not trust.
Missions do not just happen on mission trips. Each day we should prepare our hearts and mind as we do when we are away on these types of trips. I have heard this many times before, but now that my schooling is almost over it’s time to fully put the ministry aspect of my career to use. Praying for clients and building a workplace foundation on Christ are two aspects that God has really laid on my heart.
Just like in Daniel when he was chosen to train for the King’s service not knowing that he would be one of the selected, God has been and continues to train me for the service he has called me to. God has had a plan in mind all along, he knew that I would be in Honduras and he knew the people and animals there would change me. I continue to remind myself of Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.”
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