The Lord works in marvelous ways!
Going on mission to the shanty town of Pamplona, Peru, where the houses are rough shacks, the streets are either mucky and smelly or steep crumbling cliffs, and there is no plumbing to speak of, I expected to serve the locals and improve their quality of life.
Yet, now I realize that, while the long cement staircase we built will help the people of Pamplona for many years, our greatest impact was the joy and love we shared. The most valuable things in this world are just as easily possessed by the poorest as the rich (perhaps even more so).
Peace, love, and joy abounded in Pamplona while we were there. Those people taught me generosity by how freely they gave amidst their poverty, and trust by how willingly they accepted us into their community, letting us play with their children and inviting us into their humble houses. Perhaps because of their poverty, they have learned to trust radically in the Lord, giving everything into His hands. Now I am inspired to try to do the same.
Despite how much we gave them and how grateful they are to us, I think perhaps the people of Pamplona gave me even more, and I will be praising the Lord for this experience for the rest of my life.
Nick, reflecting on his 10-day Mission Trip to Pamplona, Peru, a community on the outskirts of the city of Lima.