The end of my mission trip/internship here in El Salvador is a few days away. Although I am excited to see friends and family back home, I find myself in a place of mixed emotions knowing that I will deeply miss the people here and the ways God is moving in this place.
The past week has been extremely fruitful for the Kingdom of God. The church group from Wyoming here this week has been working hard to build relationships and share Christ with the locals participating in the Church outreach soccer tournament. A number of locals have come to know Christ for the first time this week, including 4 of the Lost Boyz from the soccer team I help with.
The Lost Boyz played in the semi-final a few nights ago in what was the most exciting game of the tournament. Down 3-2 with a few minutes left, the Lost Boyz tied the game. Unfortunately, with about a minute to go, the opposing team scored the game winning goal sending the Lost Boyz to a 4-3 defeat. The Lost Boyz then went on to a lopsided victory in the 3rd place game, winning 6-1!
As I close things out here in San Salvador, I realize how thankful I am that God chose to use me down here this summer. He certainly did not need me to do his work here, but he graciously let me be a part of it all. The lessons I learned this summer are countless. God used this experience to expose some things in me that I need to work through and a number of areas I need to hand over to him.
I would greatly encourage you all to seek out opportunities in short term missions if you feel God is leading you that way. God has a unique way of calling us closer to him through serving in far away places without friends and family to rely on daily, all while living in a culture that is vastly different than what we are used to.
So my final encouragement is this; Don’t be afraid to let God use you where he sees fit. Don’t be too attached to your own plans for the future because God will likely have different ones and his plans are certainly the best thing for you. I never would have guessed I would spend 2 months in El Salvador on a short term mission trip, but now I can’t guess where or who I would be had God not brought me here.
Thanks for reading about my trip… I plan to keep the tumblr thing going, at least for a while.