Colossians 3: 22. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.
This is a photo of some of the young people who came to help us, in the kitchen, from churches all over El Salvador for the last two weeks of Camp which was for the teens and twenty year olds . I call them the pajaros which means birds in Spanish. And during the two weeks we spent working together in the kitchen I watched them grow from baby birds to eagles soaring in the service of the Lord! Their job for the two weeks was washing dishes – hundreds of them. Scraping plates, scrubbing the grill, emptying the trash – anything having to do with keeping the kitchen and all the pots, pans etc. clean. Not a very glamorous or high-profile job at all! But I don’t think I ever in my life have seen a group of young people bond so well or work so well together. They really grew to love and care for one another during the time we were all together and there were many tears when the two weeks were over and it was time for our little camp family to go their separate ways.
We had a thank you dinner for all the volunteers last night and it was wonderful to see all of the pajaros again and they had just as much fun together as we had at camp. When I posted all the photos of our time together on facebook there were over 200 comments in my email inbox – all making comments to each other and teasing and remembering the fun we had.
Mauricio and I had a devotional time with the group each day and they are so hungry for the word of God and to learn more about improving their own relationship with Him and helping others to find their way to Him. They shared their triumphs, failures, fears and struggles with us as they learned to trust us as their supervisors for the two weeks. We worked through issues, shared laughs, jokes, teasing and tears, doing it all NOT for the applause of men, but for the GLORY of God!
I have to say that of all the ministry work I have participated in this year working with this group of young people was the highlight of my year! To see their hunger for the things of our Lord and their love and bond of friendship for each other and for us was a wonderful gift to me directly from the hand of God!
As I get ready for my New Years date with only Jesus ( we have kept this tradition for the last three years ) I wish you and your family a blessed wonderful New Year full of all that He has for you! Open your arms wide and get ready to soar!!!
Under His wing,
PS: My birthday bird had her baby and they just recently left the nest but they still come to visit every day in the afternoon for food. Another gift from God! They are doves – here is the most recent picture before they left the nest.