We arrived! Twelve of us college students and twenty-somethings arrived and, after a long day of traveling, were welcomed as family back at La Quinta Primavera in Managua, Nicaragua.
And we were immediately refocused on our mission. We took a short trip out to Pastor Wilbur’s church at Ciudad Sandino to say hi and see the work that’s progressed in the last year. During last year’s trip, we laid a concrete foundation for what would become a new church building. The current one at the time was three tin walls — a shack, really.
Today, it’s beautiful. Solid concrete walls. A roof that doesn’t leak water. A cross cut-out of the wall facing the rest of the city from atop a hill shines as a bright testament. Pastor Wilbur shared that while his congregation was praying for a new building, they prayed over the ceiling, over each wall, thanking God for them, when nothing was yet a physical reality. They prayed in faith — big faith — thanking God for something that didn’t even exist yet. What a blessing that we are able to be involved in the answer of that prayer.
But what faith.
Sometimes, I think about how small my faith must be. Jesus says in Matthew 17:20, “For truly I saw to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
While we may be part of an answered prayer for Pastor Wilbur and his church, he is part of one for us, too — showing us what faith the size of a mustard seed just might look like.
So, Lord, in faith and with gratitude, I thank You for what You will do this week — in us and through us. I know it will be incredible.