The face of Christ

Mexico was such an amazing trip!  The Lord truly used that time to really work in my heart.  Through God’s grace, we were able to do so much for the people there, and we were able to constantly receive blessings from the Lord.  This trip was so much more than doing work projects in a foreign land.  It was an opportunity to seek the face of Christ in each person we encountered, to love on them, and to let them love us.  The work projects we did were a great blessing to us.  We were able to build a new roof for a family, build a bathroom and dig a septic tank for a family, and do home visits.  Thanks to God, we were able to really provide for these amazing people in Mexico.

I feel like I kind of had the mindset of really just participating in projects entering into this mission trip.  My mindset said that I was going to be able to build stuff for random people in need that I could not even converse with.  But while in Mexico, the Lord really revealed to me that these people are are my brothers and sisters.  The family we were blessed to dig a septic tank for is not a random family, they are my family.  The beautiful people we visited in the ranchos at night are not random people, but my brothers and sisters.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  I was able to really get to know the people.  I was blessed to pray with them, laugh with them, and even cry with them.  I felt their struggle every time somebody came to the door in need of medical help or alms.  I felt their joy every time someone laughed or while playing with the children.  Through this experience, the Lord really prompted me to recognize His face in everyone.

Now that I’m back in the USA, I need to recognize this here as well as in all places.  Every person is my brother or sister, and my heart is full of desire to love all as God loves.  Christ, our Savior, our King, is born!  He lives in each of us.  Let us seek His face in each other, and love one another as He loves us!

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

~Matthew 25: 35-36,40

Merry Christmas!!  Our Savior is born!

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