Missions has introduced me to Jesus’ heart, to love the person in front of me and to listen to their story.
A favorite story to share is from my first international mission trip to Nepal. We were hosting a ‘summer camp’ for young Nepali and Indian girls that had been safely rescued and rehabilitated from sex trafficking. The goal was FUN! We focused on games, activities and anything we could replicate that was taken from their childhood. It was an exciting week with so many laughs, tears and everything in between. One evening in particular was so powerful; I pray I remember it forever. We were all worshiping together in one room – 30 Americans, 30 Nepali girls, 30 Indian girls. We were all singing ‘Good Good Father’ by Chris Tomlin. We sang most of it in English – the chorus we sang in Bengali – a common language throughout India. I remember looking around the room seeing every young girl worshiping with their full heart and spirit. They were pouring out praise to God in a way I hadn’t witnessed before. The atmosphere in the room changed and I was sensing God revealing to me what heaven will be like. All of us pouring out our heart to Him who deserves it all. No more brokenness, hurt or wounding from our past. I wept as Revelation 21:4 unveiled before my eyes. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” That moment gave me hope that surpasses any hope I’d had before that night. And a joy of what’s to come.. Worshiping our God FOREVER!