I felt truly blessed through this mission trip to Myanmar.
I was very encouraged by Brother Zam, our local worker, and his wife. They started a kindergarten in the village and used that as a means to reach out to the locals. Despite facing many difficulties along the way, they persisted. They gave their best in serving God. It made me ask myself how far I would go to achieve the purpose of God and whether I have set a limit to the price I am willing to pay in following the Lord. I was reminded to review my priorities – to live with eternity in mind and to have a sense of urgency for the lost.
I thank God for using this trip to refine my heart. I have been a Christian since I was eleven and I probably became too familiar with the things of God. Through the trip, God spoke to me about my self-dependency which causes me to strive and focus on my inadequacy. At times I also compared with others instead of trusting God for His plan and timing. It’s a lifelong lesson to surrender and trust God, but His power is made perfect in my weaknesses. I believe that as I depend on God every day, He will help me to run this race. At the end of the road, I want to be God’s good and faithful servant and receive the prize.
One pertinent question I asked myself after the trip is: if all that I can do is stripped away – if I lose my ability to play musical instruments or my very last bit of eloquence – do I have anything else to “impress” God with? Will God see in me a heart that simply loves Him? I learned to ask God to help me desire Him alone with no other motives. When God fills up my life, there will be a natural outflow of service to Him.
I encourage everyone to go for mission trips. It’s more than getting an experience to serve in a foreign country. Let us hear God’s heartbeat and respond to the Great Commission.
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (Matt 10:37b)