As we returned home tonight and looked out of the window of the plane, the sun was setting over the clouds. Just as Jesus the Son is the light of the world (John 8:12) and will return again, the sun is also the light of the world and will return again.
This mission trip taught us to use our skills, gifts, and talents to reach out to the world in need. It taught us to be an extension of God's hands and heart to people in another culture. We developed new and lasting relationships with people we thought we'd never meet but soon will never forget. We went beyond our comfort zone and gained a worldview that will change our prayer life. We will never be the same again.
Words cannot express what an honor and privilege it was to share this weekend with our Panamanian sisters in Christ. And what an exciting experience it was to worship and share the word of God in that place!
Father God, you are the God who creates beautiful friendships. Thank you for our friendship with these beautiful ladies.
Today we pray for our new friends. They are a blessing in our lives.
We are excited about the incredible things You are doing for them and through them each day.
Thank you for molding them, preparing them, and positioning them to fulfill their destinies.
Thank you for teaching them and counseling them so that they may walk in obedience and holiness to Your calling on their lives.
Thank you for Your comfort that they may be refreshed and strengthened.
Thank you for your personal ministry to their past emotional wounds that they may be totally healed.
Thank you for Your promise that goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives.
May they more fully receive Your peace for daily life into their hearts each day.
In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.