Sunday, November 25, 2007

Mission


The recent mission trip I went on was very healing for my heart. The Lord graced me with courage to go again after being told (in a condemning way) by some Christians that I shouldn’t go on mission again because I am too weak and emotionally unstable, (because I had a so called “breakdown” over a year ago). By the way, that “breakdown” had nothing to do with going on a mission trip but, rather, everything to do with taking my eyes of Jesus and “sinking” into a pit. It was a hard lesson to learn, but one I believe I learned well. Perhaps these few people were correct in their estimation – purely on human terms I am too weak and unstable (we all are), however, “….with God all things are possible. God chooses the weak to shame the strong – AMEN! No one, certainly no Christian, should ever think of themselves as strong enough to do any service for the Lord without the Lord Himself providing the strength! That is a dangerous attitude – to go forth on any mission field in your own strength – such foolishness! Satan loves when we get prideful and step onto the mission field (wherever that is) without the amour of God on!

After a time of praise and worship and a teaching about the Lord, we set up the stations: food/water/clothing, medical/pharmacy and prayer. My assignment on this trip was on the prayer ministry team – laying hands on and praying over those who live in the dump. This is something I’m not really used to doing, especially in another culture where I don’t know much of the language. But I’m always willing for the Lord.

Below is part of an email I received this past week from my friend, Magda, who lives in Mexico City. My friend Leo in Ottawa translated the note for me. Magda’s words sum up the powerful time of prayer I experienced with the people living in the dump. One of the key things I “heard” from the Lord as I prayed was; “Thank Me now for the healings I am doing.” In faith I had to thank the Lord before I saw or heard any evidence that my prayers made a difference.

I want to share something with you, that I believe it's the fruit of your service. The day that we were in the dump, you were in the Prayer Station, praying for the people. I remember you praying with love and compassion over the people of the dump.

One of the people that you prayed over came to me and told me that for a few months she was feeling very sad and depressed, she didn't want to work or do anything else, she did not want to live until you prayed over her, and she felt like a peace and tranquility came over her. She told me that thanks to the prayers she felt that God was giving her the strength to go on in life and that the pain that she had on her body was gone, she doesn't feel pain anymore. Praise be to God! Thank you Julie, because I'm sure you prayed with compassion over this lady and the people of the dump. Thank you for your hands, your mouth and your prayers that were tools for Jesus to reach His people.”


Thank you all Pilgrims who prayed for me!

Little Missionary

6 comments:

Terry said...

Oh this is so nice Little Missionary, Julie!
You sound so happy!
Weak you are,eh?
Well here is what the Lord says about that..1Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;..
2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Don't know the language, eh?
Well I would agree with your friend's letter and add this;
Kindness and love and compassion are the same in any language!!
And you have it Julie!!...Love Terry

Jim said...

L' Missionary, may God bless you over and over. Your post was so inspiring!

Mrs. Jim and I just returned from a mission trip to Guatemala where we worked in an orphanage for a week. Now those kids can have a hot shower and curtains on their windows, among other projects the sixteen of us did.

I learned in Sunday school this morning about the two most important words in the Great Commission, Matthew 28:

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Well?? (I'll post them in the next comment.)
..

Jim said...

Those two words?

Go (of course), and
Lo (naturally, we can't go without the 'lo')
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Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great post, LM!

And Mr. Jim...excellent comment! like that about the Lo and Go!

God bless you all!

Julie (aka Little Missionary) said...

Thanks for your comment Jim and God bless you for your service in Guatemala. I've been there twice on mission - loved it - loved the people!!!

Julie (LM)

Felisol said...

Dear Little Missionary,
I'm so proud and happy for you going out not with a great big self, but like the old veteran missionaries with a need to share and a call to give.
You did trust that calling in spite of all your inner doubts. You fought and won a huge siege.
Well done to you and our Saviour!
From Felisol