I just returned from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. At our first meeting in preparation for going to the DR, our coordinator asked each team member why we were going on the mission trip. My response was that I wanted to get my hands dirty for Jesus. Well, I sure did that. There were probably 5 minutes out of every day that I didn’t feel dirty and sticky…and it was wonderful!
I worked with the VBS team all week. We focused on the events of Moses’ life by telling his Bible stories and by making crafts. The children were beautiful-they cooperated, and they were patient and creative. I was especially excited when some adults joined in and were coloring and gluing and making their own crafts.
During VBS, I found myself frustrated that I couldn’t speak Spanish. I wanted to cup those sweet children’s faces in my hands and tell them how much Jesus loved them. Thankfully, our interpreter was able to do that for us.
There were only two Spanish words I spoke over and over during the week. The words were gracias which we know means “thank you” and comparte, which I learned means “share.” The children would hand me things and I would say gracias-I would hand them crayons and glue and tell them comparte (share). Gracias, comparte, gracias, comparte all week long.
One of the things I love about God is the gentle way he teaches me lessons through everyday circumstances. God showed me in the DR that those two Spanish words, gracias and comparte, are meant to go hand in hand.
Anyone who was on this trip or who has traveled to any third world nation can tell you we are so amazingly blessed in this country. I recognized that I have so much to be thankful for. But God showed me in the DR that being grateful is just the first step-the “gracias” step; the second step, the “comparte” step, is to share.
I heard God saying to my spirit, “I have blessed you financially, thank me and share. I have blessed you with some free time, thank me and reach out to the lonely. I have blessed you with some talents, thank me and share them for my glory.”
Most importantly, I felt God reminding me that I have been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and I need to thank him and then share. Not just in the DR, but here at home too.
Will you join me in the effort? Gracias and comparte.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.