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A lesson in trust in Mexico

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Printer-friendly version do you communicate excitement, gratitude, amazement and so many other emotions? These are only a few of the ways I felt as I worked in Mexico, on a recent mission trip I participated in. Although the excitement was there even before we left for Commission Unto Mexico, I knew God was preparing the way because he had called me to go.

While my excitement was building, I was constantly being advised not to go into Mexico by family and friends because of the violence from the drug cartels. Yet, I felt God was telling me, “Trust me completely.” 

I had my own concerns: I take care of my 82-year-old mother; I have a sensitive stomach problem, as well as a limited budget that wasn’t designed for mission trips. And on and on. In spite of these worries, I began to feel a peace in my heart. I just wanted to go. Then I knew, for me, it was about totally letting go and trusting in a God who loves me so much.

Rehearsing MusicSpeak about gratitude! I realized my husband, Tony, and my daughter both wanted to go on this trip as much as I did.  God had been dealing with them, too.

“A few months back, when looking for information, I accidently registered for the trip,” said my daughter, Dina. 

I knew it was no accident.

In late December 2010, as our caravan of vans, trailers, and a motor home crossed over into Mexico, I was amazed to see how many people God had touched and where they were now. I saw our group of over 100 people present passports and cross into Mexico. I kept thanking God for His awesome presence with us.

Dr. Pablo examining patient.Once in Mexico, I was assigned to the medical team as a translator, along with my daughter. My team included Southern Nazarene University (SNU) student nurses, two doctors and a registered nurse. Tony’s team also had the SNU student nurses, a registered nurse, but only one doctor.

Amazing, wonderful things happened during the next few days. Our team went to work at the first of three sites assigned to us. We set up in a cold, empty hall right in front of a plaza in Palau. Soon, the place was filled with people who warmed our hearts. They patiently waited while they registered, when a nurse checked their vitals and then while doctors examined them. Team members dispensed medicine, as well as badly needed essentials. Their faces smiled with gratitude. 

I was also impressed by our group’s unity and common goal as we treated these patients. I felt that God was smiling down on all his children. I was so moved to hold patients’ hands as Dr. Pablo and I prayed with some of them. We sensed their spiritual needs as they spoke. Amazingly, two people came to know Christ as their personal Savior.

Combined ServiceThere are so many memories, stories, testimonies, and people that come to mind, but I will tell you about one. I remember this man with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Pablo explained to him that for his illness we had no medicine and he told him to continue to take what he was already taking. We could see the disappointment in his eyes and face.

I asked him, “Can we pray for you?” I told him that Jesus was better than any medicine we could give him. 

He smiled and said, “Si, muchas gracias, muchas gracias.”

His tears flowed as we prayed.     

Talk about it

  • Have you ever had fears about getting involved in something God was calling you to? If so, what were your fears?
  • Did you get involved anyway? If so, what enabled you to overcome your fears?
  • What are some other fears that may hold people back from obeying God?
  • What are the rewards of obedience?
  • What are some benefits of a family doing ministry together?
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