“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
If you are like me this little line may take you back to early Sunday school classes. Unfortunately this line doesn’t always describe how I follow Jesus. I have found myself this week repeating the phrase “trust and obey” multiple times as we have been helping people follow Jesus for the very first time.
The last 3 days have also been an example of simply trusting and obeying. When our team arrived to the village on Sunday we were asked to join their small church service. My translator and I preached for their service but we sent the rest of the team to visit the community. We preached 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 that we are Christ’s ambassadors and challenged the church to be trained to make multiplying disciples. After the service, the entire church stayed to be trained! It was awesome to see their willingness to trust and obey.
Monday was a day that we entered with absolutely no idea what the day was going to look like. The majority of our village works in the harvest fields and said they wouldn’t be home between 7a-7p. Many of them walk multiple hours to their fields and back every day. The cool thing is that these people understand the cycle of the harvest and if they can connect the dots to the Jesus’ harvest they will do unthinkable things! Since we had no plans, we simply had to trust and obey. The Lord did exactly what he always does and showed up big time! We got to see multiple people start following Jesus and take some first steps of obedience. I spent almost 3 hours in a field with a couple who decided to follow Jesus and we were able to walk them through baptism, prayer and train them to share the gospel. It’s awesome to see what the Lord does when we have no plans and just follow him!
Yesterday was similar to the day before in that we had no idea who would be in the village. As soon as our team of 7 arrived we doubled the number of people in the village! We split up to see who we could find and ended up having some awesome conversations. My translator and I ended up in the village school and they allowed me to share the gospel as long as I taught the numbers and colors in English. Luckily I know all of those so that was a sweet deal! After an awesome morning, we spent the afternoon training a brother that will be continuing to work in the village. Our day wound down with an awesome time of worship and prayer in the mountains. It’s absolutely breathtaking to see his handiwork around us.