Perspective is many times one of those things that you don't have until after the fact. Sometimes, you simply need a reminder of perspective.
The past week I had the great honor of leading a team of 15 people, from the ages of 8 to 80+, to Oaxaca, Mexico. Check out pictures of the trip here. This week long mission trip was one that involved working with our mission partners. It was humbling and again, perspective-giving.
During the week we were able to spend three days at an orphanage. At this orphanage, children from all ages, many with disabilities, live. As I walked the grounds of the orphanage, I would spend time with a few of the boys who were disabled in wheelchairs. With crumbs on their face and flies surrounding them, my heart broke. If this orphanage was not there, these boys would not be taken care of. Honestly-they probably wouldn't be alive. It was humbling, because as I spent time with these boys, they had smiles on their faces the entire time.
During our week, we also got to spend time with our indigenous missionaries. These young, vibrant nationals are going into villages where the persecution and death occurred to the last evangelical Christians who went in. Our partnership with them is critical to their continuation in spreading the Gospel to areas of Mexico where there is not a single known follower of Jesus. Their faith in the face of outright persecution was humbling, to say the least. It makes the Christianity that most of us walk in America look petty, to say the least.
So this past week, our group walked away not realizing "how blessed we are to live in America", but "how much those followers of Jesus in Oaxaca, Mexico" can teach us about faith. To them, faith looks much more real on a daily basis than to most of us. To this end, it must change. We must all live our lives in such as way that God has to come through. We must cease striving to build our kingdoms, and begin taking serious expanding the Kingdom of God, no matter the cost.
For the Glory of God.
Matthew is 34 years old and currently lives in St Louis, Missouri with his wife Leslie. He serves as the Associate Pastor at The Groves Church, in Webster Groves, Missouri.