I thought it would be so easy to transform my life to incorporate what I had learned at SAUP. After being back in Austin for a few days, I have realized that re-entry is no joke.
In May of 2016, I traveled to Stillwater to spend a day at OSU. My goal was to gain familiarity with the campus
It was hard realizing that my gut reaction when it comes to my stuff is often “that’s mine!” and it can be challenging to start looking at my life and saying “that’s God’s.”
Mission trips are always powerful, but what I saw happen in 6.5 weeks was not just a mission trip, it truly was a global project.
Tensions between the fear of becoming desensitized to the suffering of others and yet the call to love as Christ does led me to question the proper response..
We didn't go to these places and learn about injustices so we could be anyone's savior. There's nothing we could do in an afternoon, or even a lifetime, to fix the problem of sin in the world. Eduardo and I crossed paths for only a short time, and there was little I could do besides commend him to the care of our God, who knows and loves Eduardo better than anyone in the world.
...Behind each pair of eyes, there is a name, a story, and a soul. And behind these is One God, who is present here - in the city, in the slum children's ministry, in the garbage community. God is the One who loves each one and has died for each as He has done for us...
The world is full of many injustices, or Goliaths. For a lot of people, myself included, it’s easy to behave like the Israelites: pretending not to hear or to see the ways people or even the earth itself are exploited. However, the response Jesus invites us into is that of David: to choose to HEAR injustice and respond for the glory of our God, depending on Him to equip us, knowing that He is the only hope for the world.
...Another beautiful picture is God’s ability to take something we see as hopeless and restoring it into something amazing, revealing His loving power. The reason why I find beauty in the damaged is the fact that you can clearly see that it is not us who do but it is God’s transforming hand...