Compassion In Action

I just returned from a fruitful mission trip to Nicaragua with Chosen Children Ministries. Our group was able to give out yellow bags to children living in barrios whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. The yellow bags (part of the yellow bag challenge) contained shoes, uniforms and school supplies. We also fed around 300 people in two different barrios. Seeing compassion at work was such a moving experience. I thank God for men and women who give and go to meet the needs of those who are struggling physically and spiritually. In the New Testament Matthew applied these words found in Isaiah 42:3 to Jesus, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” Spending time with the Pastors who minister in and around Leon in northern Nicaragua was humbling. Seeing these men do so much with so little was amazing. Some of these Pastors were overwhelmed to receive a good study Bible to aid them in their teaching and preaching preparation. I was reminded once again of the high priority Jesus assigned to teaching the Word. Prior to His ascension, Jesus gave this charge to His disciples; “All authority has been given Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20). Teaching is an essential avenue through which revelation from the Lord is passed from believer to believer and generation to generation. I feel a quote from Capturing God’s Passion for Teaching bears repeating. “Teachers of God’s Word must never forget they are sharing God’s expression of love, blessing and life. An eternal covenant relationship with the Almighty hangs in the balance.”

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