Developing Great Commission Eyes
“This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives .” (Colossians 1:6 NLT)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Evan was 7, maybe 8, when he went on his first mission trip. Our family went to Lima, Peru with a group from Atlanta to minister to the impoverished there. Evan got to see first hand what it was like to be poor in South America.
We were barely on the ground when I was stopped in customs and held for a while. The suitcase of glasses for our eye clinic that I was responsible for brought me some extra special attention. There was concern among the group that customs would arbitrarily decide to keep them. I was naive enough to pray about it, instead of sliding the customs people a fresh piece of American currency with my passport. Finally, almost with frustration, they let me go, with the hundreds of pairs of glasses. (I still non the wiser.)
As we worked with the local pastors on the streets, Evan saw the hopelessness in the eyes of many people that week. He saw people stand in line for hours to get to go to a free eye clinic where we gave away glasses. We will never forget the story of the young man who came in legally blind, being helped along by family. His life was dramatically changed when after having his eyes checked, they gave him a pair of “coke bottle” glasses. For the first time in his life, he was able to see. (It wasn’t Jesus healing the blind man, but it was close.) The young man wept when he saw his mother’s face for the first time. They said he looked in awe at everything around him, that previously had been just blurred blobs.
Evan got to see how the enemy did not want those glasses to make that kind of impact for the Kingdom and tried to stop us in customs. He saw God orchestrate getting them there from Norcross, Georgia, in that big old beat up black suitcase. Now as a young man, he probably looks back and understands things that previously were only curiosities.
What he does remember with great clarity is the people. The sweet people who by American standards had so little, but in many cases, were willing to share. Most days Evan did not eat with us at the church. He went to the kitchen and sit with the ladies back there cooking and preparing our food. It was so heart warming to watch these ladies who spoke no English, love on a little gringo boy who spoke no Spanish. It was a very emotional time when we had to say our goodbyes. A lot of tears were shed as hugs were given, and the sweetest most sincere thank you’s were spoken to us. It’s funny, we went down there to bless and help change lives, but it seems we were the ones who were blessed and had our lives changed.
Isn’t that just like God?!? We are commanded in the Great Commission to go out and tell people about the hope they can have through Jesus. Yet often when we are obedient and do it to be a blessing to others…we are the ones who get blessed!
If you don’t believe me, just go on a mission trip!!…..
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)