“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

To be frank, I am by no means a writer. I have never considered myself an individual who can easily express myself so please do bear with me.

I for one can whole-heartedly admit that I did not preapre my heart for what was to come.

There are a number of times that I have asked the Lord to pull me out of my comfort zone; the zone that prevented me from sharing the love of Christ. It was not until I arrived at the Bala house that my life changed, nearly in its entirety. In a matter of one week I noticed a change within each of the SMI volunteers. The anxiety and fear that hovered over the group as a grey overcast disappeared, leaving behind a sense of excitement- a renewed thirst for helping others with the armor of God.

This afternoon, my team and I came across a lady with chronically ill daughter. We talked about all the trials and tribulations that we are put through and how we really need to learn how to rely on God. As she opened up to my team, the lyrics to Hillsong- The Desert Song came into my mind:

And this is my prayer in the fire

In weakness or trial or pain

There is a faith proved

Of more worth than gold

So refine me Lord through the flames

I think that it is important to remember that we as a team work together to help provide a sense of comfort among a people who struggle each day to find it. There are times we meet people who truly appreciate the fact that they were able to wake up that very day, and the day before that and the day before that. Let’s provide that encouragement given by David in Psalm 121.

Now in terms of developing a relationship among the SMI volunteers man it’s crazy! It still amazes me, making me speechless even about the fact that in just a matter of a week we became a small family! The comfort of knowing that we are all together, driven by the goal of mission has really impacted us for the best!

Like seriously, who else could teach me how to swim? 🙂



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