It has only been a few days since we landed at the Indianapolis Airport after our week long Men for Missions trip to Medellin, Colombia. While standing in praise and worship at church, I began to cry, breathe strongly, teeth chattered, and my body shook. I was overcome by emotions, both sadness and joy, an incredible stirring unlike anything before. All that was going through my mind was Romans 8:26-30, "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God..." There is no better way to articulate what occurred during that church service, other than, that in my weakness the Holy Spirit interceded for me through that inspirational time, which was too deep for words.
The trip to Colombia was life changing in ways that are yet a mystery to me, but was for certain spiritual and faith maturing. Our American team consisted of ten members: eight people from LifePoint Church and two people from Men for Missions. Our Colombian team consisted of many members, the American team, the missionary leaders, the Satura Colombia leaders, multiple translators, the cooks, our bus driver, the local pastors, and the local church members. Together we were the body of Christ, working as one to evangelize men, women, and children in three towns. It was a surreal experience to see God use all those intricate parts for His glory.
On Wednesday I received a gift from the Colombian I had worked alongside all day. It wasn't until the next day I noticed there was a hand written note in the bag. So, on Thursday I asked the translator to read it to me. She began to cry as she read it and said that it was a very special note. It read, "My name is Carmenea Gonzaliez. Thank you so much for submitting your life to Christ, allowing Him to work through you. Whenever you return to Colombia know that you have a sister in Christ and a family here for you. You are a passionate victor and warrior for Jesus Christ, with a great love to share the Gospel. God bless you and your precious family." This was beyond special to receive such a letter, and it was very encouraging to my family and me.
It began to heavily rain on Thursday afternoon. We went into a small store front, and I shared theGospel with the lady working there. She became very emotional and said that she was confused because a Jehovah Witness shared with her the previous day. She said she had intently listened to both presentations but that she could hear this Gospel I shared was different and genuine. She said she heard both, but this one had light and life in it. She chose to put her trust in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord.
It was encouraging to experience the Gospel and the interceding of the Holy Spirit firsthand in these peoples' lives. Jesus says, "He is the way, the truth, and the life," and people could almost tangibly distinguish the Gospel we presented to them as the only way. To see the one true Gospel in person in Colombia has challenged me to not be fearful in sharing the Gospel here in America.