Joy, Love, and Faith

Wow, God is so amazing! Guatemala what a beautiful place! Each day starts with our team sharing chores as we prepare for the day God has planned. The team is truly amazing showing me each day the joy of servant hood whether for their team members or the people in the villages. Once the chores have finished and we have eaten breakfast we enjoy a time of worship together. Mitchell is so blessed with talents from our Lord! He plays the piano, sings, and leads us in songs of praise and adoration. Breck began with words from Exodus today. The message was one of listening and watching for God during the journey. Sometimes we focus so much on what we want from God, what our expectations are right now, how we want to serve God, but God wants us to learn more than the result. He is looking for a growth in our relationship with him and our spiritual maturity. God blessed us today with learning that He provides exactly what we need to perform the work. Even through language barriers we were able to communicate with the community to build the home they needed with a very limited space. Today I saw the following things: Joy – joy on the faces of the people we were serving and those who were serving; Love – love of God through loving the children and people of the community; Faith – faithful servants of the Lord giving of themselves not to build a building but to show Christ’s love to those hurting. Two verses shared sum it up: “rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not for man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.” This week we are serving the Lord but we have not had to wait long to receive the blessings in return because as we serve He has shown us the joy and thankfulness of the people we have encountered. The second verse “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” God is great and we should serve others as He did!

Robert Gabel

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