We just got back yesterday from a trip into northern Mexico.
One highlight of the trip was when one of our teammates asked a group of three girls how we could pray for them. One of them responded that she would stop hearing voices that tell her to not go to church and to not read her Bible. Wow! The devil and his demons are sometimes subtle and other times, very blunt and obvious. Our teammate prayed specifically that she would INDEED read her Bible and go to church. May the LORD be merciful to her and save her and clothe her with his armor, as she’s being assailed by the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-20).
During the trip I experienced the difficulty of trying to do ministry across a language barrier. It caused me to want to work harder at learning Spanish. Some of the people on the trip thought it was funny that I was playing soccer at one point with a Spanish book in my hand (it was a N.T) because I’m really trying to learn.
I also experienced life in a hot, humid climate without air conditioning. One night I didn’t fall alseep till after four a.m. because I was sweating out of my forearms and most every other part of my body just lying in my tent. It was so hot and sticky!
Plus I got bit by mosquitoes all over the place.
While uncomfortable, how insignificant these difficulties are in comparison with eternal suffering. As Pastor John Piper put it, “Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering.” It’s with faith and hope in God, that he will save some of these people in northern Mexico, that we go despite the difficulties.
And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. John 10:16