“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Gal 6:10
As a Christian for over 30 years, I have tried to live out this verse as best as I know how. As a missionary for the past 5 years, this verse has become the backbone of my ministry here in Honduras.
This verse takes on many forms…it goes from sharing a cup of cold water to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!
You don´t need to look around for very long to realize that we live in a world in which lots of people have needs. The verse says, “as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.” That means we need to be looking for opportunities to do good, opportunities to serve others, opportunities to help others, opportunities to bless others just as our Lord has blessed us.
Ive learned that all we need to do to spot these opportunities is to open our eyes and look past the end of our own noses…the opportunities will abound.
This past month was a huge blessing for me as we had a group from Connecticut come and do good to a poor Honduran mom. This group of believers from a small town in New England built her a house with running water, a cook-stove, beds and a roof that doesn’t leak.
Many of the Hondurans who live around me couldn’t understand why they would do this for a woman who they didn’t even know, but as we presented her with the keys to the house I spoke these words, ” The reason these men came to build you this house is because of the love of Jesus in their hearts. It doesn’t matter that we have different skin color, it doesn’t matter that we live in different countries and it doesn’t matter that we speak a different language. In Jesus we have the same Spirit…In Jesus Christ you are family…In Jesus Christ you are a sister!” This is Gal. 6:10 lived out in a practical way.
Some people say short term missions trips cause more harm than good…Personally I have never experienced that. Not only did this group bless Carla, but as they worked and saw the many needs of the people living in poverty, they left me with over $1000 dollars to do more good unto all men. That money went into helping a man get an operation, food for 6 families, clothes for a poor teenager, financial support of a local pastor and a brother who serves in an orphanage.
Doing good unto all at times can be very difficult, especially for someone who doesn’t appreciate the sacrifice. This was not one of those times. The joy that came from the hearts and faces of the people who received these gifts made it more than worth the effort. Serving God isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it!
Thank you for allowing us to experience the joys of missions work here in Honduras. Without your faithful support we could not serve the people of this country. You are appreciated and you are a crucial part of this ministry. You play a role in doing good unto all people and some of who live in Honduras.
With much Love, Tim