Thanksgiving Thoughts From ROW Mission Volunteers
I have asked several of our most recent ROW Mission Volunteers to complete this line:
I am thankful for…
Yesterday’s post was very encouraging. I think the Thanksgiving thoughts shared by today’s mission volunteers are equally insightful. They come from people of diverse ages and backgrounds, but you can see in their comments that God can use and bless each of us. It doesn’t matter our station in life, it’s just a matter of being available and obedient to Him.
Soli Deo Gloria!
I am thankful that God convicted me to go on the trip to the Dominican Republic. I was so humbled not only by the people in the country, but also by the huge hearted people on the mission team. I am thankful for the ability to work with my hands and make a living, but a lot of times I get so caught up in “making a living” that I fail to think about others.
My week in the DR taught me that it’s not always about making money. I am thankful that during this mission I was taught to be humble by some awesome Dominican people that don’t care about money. People care about how much time you invest in them. The people we were serving in the DR did not care how much money we had, all they cared about was the fact that we were there being servants for Jesus Christ. I am thankful that I thought I was going to help them. But in the end, they helped me way more than I helped them. I am thankful for the humility that I received during that trip. I am thankful that a few short months ago I told myself I didn’t have time to go on this trip, but now I am praying for the opportunity to go serve again!
I have learned a lesson that I would like to share with you: do not ignore your gifts. They are invaluable and unique to you. This Thanksgiving, I have been specifically mentioning my God-gifts in my prayers and thanksgiving. The week I spent in the Dominican Republic, God really showed me where to use them, and I thank him for it. The Lord chose me specifically, with the gifts He gave to me, to be part of His plan. So I guess I am thankful for the way He chose to use me.
[Keith: Like other mission volunteers, Shannon was a blessing to many. I know because I heard from people who were around her all week!]
I am thankful for many things. In relation to the recent D.R. mission trip I have some specific things in mind.
First, I had the opportunity to participate with the teaching team where we taught pastors and lay people. We covered Genesis 12 – 50. We saw a genuine hunger for the Word of God. These are people who gave up a day of income to learn the Word. There, when you don’t work, you don’t get paid and they don’t have much to start with. We saw pastors and church members come out every night of the week to listen for ~4 hours.
Second, I also had the opportunity to visit some of the homes in the Betay in order to present the Gospel. There we led some to Christ. For others, I am hopeful we planted seeds that will bear later fruit in their lives.
In both of these examples we saw the command in Psalm 50:14, Offer to God a sacrifice of thankgiving, being worked out. We saw others making such a sacrifice, we were allowed to make the same sacrifice and together we thank God for His Goodness. Indeed there are many people in different places, but there is One God over all.