Stacking Stones: Mission Trip Excerpt

January 29, 2009

(TUESDAY – Reynosa, Mexico, 2006)

When I asked the lord where He would have me the next morning, Holy Spirit told me, “Construction.” It was strange because

ladder to Orphanage rooftop construction site

ladder to Orphanage rooftop construction site

he sent only two of us. So Mark and I spent the morning up there. We hauled cinder blocks from one pile to another. We enjoyed good conversation, about half of which, David joined us for.

It’s nostalgic for me to look back on this time, because since then, David has become a spiritual father to me. He lead me through not only this trip, but three more – with another on the way. He also married Kara and I just over a year ago. He’s an amazing man of God,and now that I think about – this was our first long conversation. We spoke of Israel, the Jews, their place in history and the future, and the Old Testament and many other things. As the morning wore on, I was struck by the fact that it seemed almost pointless to carry one brick at a time across the roof, but as we worked on, giant piles took shape. I imagined each rock as a soul, and each pile as a nation coming to Christ, one Soul at a time. Sometimes, the work we are doing seems small and insignificant, but if we follow God’s will for our lives, we can be assured that He is building something beyond our comprehension. And each little part is an important part of the whole. Of course, as we are trustworthy with the little things He gives us to do, He gives us more and more responsibility and opportunities to see Him move through us. Also, He doesn’t just want to use us individually, but together in unity. Read the rest of this entry »

I Asked, and He Answered: Mission Trip Excerpt

January 15, 2009

Sciff playing it cool

David Schiff

(June 24th 2006 – Austin, TX) We met at Gateway Church this morning at 6am and drove to Reynosa, Mexico – about a 6 hour drive.  There we rendezvoused David Schiff, our leader from Adventures In Missions (AIM), and did some exercises to begin listening for the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the city center for a couple hours.  We then drove to our camp – ”Vamonos!” – which is very nice by mission trip standards.  There is a cafeteria with ping-pong tables, guys and girls dorms, and a chapel.  The most interesting thing for me this day was that in my devotional, I was to do an exercise asking God if He had a scripture for me.  He immediately put one in my head.  This was the first of many such experiences.  Actually, it happened so fast that I discounted that it could be from God and tried to be still longer, but it kept coming back.  Then, I opened my Bible to read the scripture, and it was something that spoke very powerfully to me:

John 20:22 –  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.Read the rest of this entry »