Friday, August 5, 2016

Serving and growing again... Allende Mexico July 2016

  I've my own ideas of how I want God to answer our prayers & meet our needs on teams.  But His ways are so much wiser than mine: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)                                                                                                 I'm convicted… again... I should pray, rather, that He'd put me in circumstances He wants for me (my growth) and ask Him to give us strength & joy to bear witness for him (His glory!).  
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     Two teammates were so kind as to recount for me and you a meaningful encounter with a needy family. Sun-Young summarized it thusly when remembering a bi-cultural team debriefing,“…as we shared the story of David, Diana and 9-month-old Dario, we marveled at God’s providence—how He brings people together in wonderful and amazing ways.  Meeting this family was predestined by the Lord, who had the salvation of this young couple planned—even before we left for Mexico!”  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God hath prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10  Please read on… 

     During a break, Sylvia Sun-Young and Nohemi went to buy snacks at a tienda where they saw the family at a nearby bus-stop.  Sylvia approached to let them know we had a clinic with 2 pediatricians at the Presbyterian church up the street, “Perhaps you would like a free check-up for your son?” David and Diana looked at each other in amazement.  Diana said they had taken Dario to a social-service clinic 2 days earlier with a cold, but they were sent home with just eye drops for a conjunctivitis and told, “It’s nothing to worry about.”  [Editorial note: Doctors, always listen well to your patients’ mothers!]  Dario’s cough worsened over the next 2 nights, and he began to have trouble breathing. So David borrowed money to take him to a private MD ...and that’s why they were at that particular bus-stop!

      Sun-Young cared for Dario (Amoxicillin for bronchitis) while Sylvia talked with David and “finally convinced him to have a check-up with Dr Bo for the sake of his family!” The first and most important question asked was, “David, do you know why I’m here?”  
David replied, “As a matter of fact, that’s my question: why are you here?” Bo said, “I’m here because I love Jesus, to serve you, and to glorify God.” David was perplexed. Sylvia shared next how Bo (through her translation) presented Jesus. They both saw in this father an eagerness to hear more “with such a reverence, it touched my heart; we could feel Jesus’ presence working in David and his family.”  Sun-Young remembered, “Once disinterested in even a check-up, he gave his full attention to Life-giving words, and that day both parents trusted in Jesus for their salvation.”  Silvia presented them with a Bible and marveled to “see all the blessings God was pouring on this young couple.” (Eph.1:3)

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