The command from Jesus to go out and make disciples is heavy on my heart right now. There are many people in this world that don’t know who their Father is. They don’t know the depths of his love for them and how he wants to mend their relationship with Him.
We constantly asked God to break our hearts for what breaks His heart, in order to feel what he feels. I realize even more now that this prayer comes with a cost because he answers us. When I traveled to the river communities in the Amazon region of Brazil, I didn’t expect the amount of kids we got to hang out with. They loved us and we were able to show love to them. Some have never been hugged. Some come from abusive families. Some were shy and it took a few days to open up. Some were the craziest kids I have ever met. And many love to just have fun the simplest ways.
He loves and relates to those children in the most remote of places…that’s how big our God is!
These kids in the middle of the jungle seem so joyful and free, yet most don’t know their Creator. At first, my heart felt sad, questioning if they will know their true identity as princes and princesses of the King when they are older. My heart was shaken because I didn’t know who would tell them about God’s love for them. He loves and relates to those children in the most remote of places…that’s how big our God is!
In these last few months God has been showing me that my hope is in Him. Although we went to these communities as missionaries to share the gospel, He will still move just as powerfully when we leave. He proved this to me over and over when locals would share about feeling the presence of God for the first time while simply reading the Bible alone in their home. Many times we see how God loves to move through us when he calls us somewhere…but when He calls us away from a place, he remains the same! It is hard to leave a place that you invest time into but we can remain joyful about the fact that God is still drawing his children into relationship with Him in these places we leave! He is still making his name known in those towns.
My prayer is that the few followers in these towns will fall more in love with Jesus and spread the good news to their neighbors. My prayer is that there will be whole river communities walking in fellowship in Christ and living out the gospel. My prayer is that these kids come back into relationship with their Father! God, I will walk out in hope and joy for what you have done and what you are still doing.
His love is better than life and it’s worth everything for people to know that.
I think back to the faces and names, and my heart is moved with urgency. I didn’t realize their impact on me until I got home. The faces in these photos have pushed me to tell people about Jesus. I see more clearly the task Jesus has given us in this world. He is worth following to whatever country, whatever state, whatever person. His love is better than life and it’s worth everything for people to know that.