Guest Blog written by: Jessica Brown
i sit on the silky, white sands along the coast of roatan and reflect. my emotions roll over me as gently and rhythmically as the crystal, blue waves of the caribbean.
it is much to bear. the things we have seen. heard. said. and done. it weighs on you. breaking you. yet, molding you. hurting you. and healing you.
truth be told, i wasn’t sure i could handle a mission such as this. i’m still not certain. but i know i was called. and so, i obeyed.
before i formed you in the womb i knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. – jeremiah 1:5
before i was even aware of the call, there is but One who knew where i would be this afternoon. He ordained this trip. He appointed those to serve. And it is He who has anointed this mission.
i fretted over the language barrier. i worried that i would not have the words to share. i was afraid i would be too emotional to speak.
but the Lord said to me, “do not say, ‘i am only a child.’ you must go to everyone i send you to and say whatever i command you. do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. -jeremiah 1:7-8
much to my surprise, we watched language barriers crumble. i stood amazed at the words we shared. the love we gave. the medical team not only brought physical healing. they provided spiritual healing. the youth not only face-painted and acted out Bible stories and play soccer with precious children. they poured into the tiny hearts of those they met.
then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth. see, today i appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant. – jeremiah 1:9-10
He appointed this team of forty-three servants. to serve the people of honduras. to be lights of His love. to uproot and tear down the barriers of language and fear and entitlement. to destroy and overthrow that which holds us back from sharing and spreading the Good News. to build and to plant seeds that will burrow deep and sprout forth life. abundant life. life that bears fruit.
i am humbled and honored to have been called to serve with these people. they amaze me. inspire me. and spur me along.
make no mistake. there isn’t one of us who deserve credit for the things we have done. but there is One who was and is glorified.
no one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. – jeremiah 10:6
Jesus is spectacular. we are stunned in His presence. and awe-struck over the things He has done the past ten days. His relentless, redeeming love for all His people will never cease bringing me to tears.
but the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King. – jeremiah 10:10
these have been some of the richest blessings of my life. for i will never forget the faces of those etched on the walls of my heart. there names will be whispered prayers from this day forward. and i will always be grateful for the way this team and this country has changed me. to Him be all the glory!