For the last 8 summers I have had the privilege of traveling with Big World Ventures and Susie Shellenberger Ministries on mission trips to countries in Central and South America.
We just returned from Costa Rica, which is where I met Josue (or Joshua, in English).
My team was schedule to perform an evangelistic drama at a church in a poor community. Here is a picture of the inside of the church, taken while the drama was being performed:
This is where I met Josue. See his beautiful self here in this picture, holding a Bible that we gave to him:
Josue was acting very different than most of the other children. He has a seriousness about him that immediately caught my attention. He was trying to speak to me in spanish and was doing a lot of communicating with his eyes. I immediately got a translator and we began a conversation. Josue is 8 years old, and wanted a Bible. No one at his home had a bible.
We began to speak Truth into Josue’s life.
We spoke to him about the importance of what was in the Bible.
We told him that the Lord has great plans for his life and that the Lord wanted to make him into a leader in His Kingdom. And all the while, Josue was listening and keenly paying attention. There were about 40 children in the room at this point, all playing and having a grand time; the room was noisy, yet Josue was being very serious.
My heart was blessed beyond what I am able to express with these words.
I know that the Lord sent Josue to us that day. Or was it we that were sent to Josue?
Folks, I can’t make this stuff up.
The Lord was busy that day, drawing people unto Himself.
Drawing children unto Himself.
Raising up a leader in the Kingdom.
Josue was happy to receive a sticker or balloon, or whatever fun item we had for him. But, he was also having an encounter with the Holy Spirit that day, and he was “paying attention” to the business that was at hand.
This is what we get to see when we go on these trips. We get to see the Holy spirit at work.
Next summer’s trip is to Ecuador!
You might pray about joining us.
But I will caution you: you will never be the same again