Friday, April 17, 2015

Today's HopeMinute- 1Mission

Exactly one week ago, we took a team of HopeKids families down to Mexico to build a home for a family through an organization called 1Mission. The weekend was a tremendous blessing not only for the family who benefited from the new home, but also for our HopeKids families who served. Today’s HopeMinute is written by Michelle Campuzano who is one of our HopeKids moms that attended the mission trip with us. We pray you will be blessed by her encouraging words today! 

I am still soaking in this weekend's once-in-a-lifetime experience. Only those who were there can truly understand how life changing a three-day construction project could be. It was as if God hand selected those to serve on this trip and the family he wanted to be blessed by our service.

Every single person played a vital role in God’s plan, from the little ones who have overcome cancer, the people who laid the foundation of the home we built, to the team members who walked the local children through the sinner’s prayer. God was absolutely there with us. He was building in the midst of us, he spoke to children's hearts through us, and he answered a family's prayers with us. 

If just one person had rejected God's call to participate in this mission’s trip, the dynamics of the team and the outcome would have not been the same. God calls us to be his hands and feet, to be one body of Christ. This calling requires us to listen and act even when it is not convenient. Sometimes he calls us to serve others in the midst of our own personal crisis. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own circumstances but sometimes the best remedy to our own crisis is to focus on serving others. I have found that in my own walk, when I choose to be obedient and focus on God instead of the sorrow in my life, God meets me there and comforts my soul.

Maybe your calling does not require you to cross a border. Your calling might be to serve in your own community. Each and every one of our HopeKids families is called. You are valuable to the Kingdom of God and have an inspiring story that deserves to be shared. Don't let your busy life, your brokenness, cancer or any other obstacles stand in the way of you fulfilling God’s calling on your life. 

Our purpose is so much bigger than the here and now, bigger than the temporary obstacles placed in our way here on this earth. Our purpose is about the kingdom. One day we will reunite with our Lord and Savior in a pain-free place with no suffering. When my day comes and I have the opportunity to stand before God I long to hear those words "well done my good and faithful servant”.

The HopeKids family volunteers entered this project as strangers, but we left the project as life long friends. Who would have thought that a 3-day service project would turn into a life changing adventure? I encourage you all to step outside of yourself and take the time to serve others. You never know, God just might meet you there. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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