You may remember a story in the paper or on the news during the winter months of a “Traveling Toilet”. If you don’t, basically we had painted up a toilet all pretty like and ‘plopped’ it down in the middle of the night on the lawn of an unsuspecting citizen of Dartmouth courtesy of their very good friend who nominated them for the porcelain prize. Read story here; http://dartmouthtribune.ca/2014/12/15/pay-it-forward-with-potty-humour/ We had placed the porcelain prize on the property of a gentleman who notified us that he had broken it by mistake. It had slipped out of his hands as he was moving it to the front of the house. He was very apologetic and replied with “good luck in Haiti preaching, I wish you much success in converting them to your beliefs, it’s just not our thing. PS. We donated a ton of cash after the earthquake.”
It was at that moment I realized that it’s possible some people don’t understand what a “Missions Trip” really is. There is no converting done, trust me, these people already know the love and power of Jesus. We go to solidify it. They already know God loves them, we go to prove it. We do not need to preach the gospel or quote scripture, they already know it. In fact, if you are lost on a certain scripture, can’t really remember the words or know exactly where to find it, a local tap tap (the public transportation in Babaco) will proudly display the scripture for the world to see. No, we don’t go to teach them about the power of the Holy Spirit, the love of God nor the life blood of Christ, they teach US, they remind US. Every smile, every hug, every song, they show US.
So if that’s not it, then what is it? Well, I have to be honest, I can’t say from a first hand perspective as although I was planning to go on this trip this year, God had a different plan for me. I can, however, relay to you one of the many stories that I have heard.
I choose to tell you about this story as it's one that struck me to the very core. It was told by our youngest missionary, James. James is a 15 year old High School student at Cole Harbour High and resident of Eastern Passage, NS. He relayed a story about a young man whom he was working with while in Babaco, he was teaching him carpentry skills. When they were leaving to come home, this young man told him that before the course he had no hope for a future. With the skills that James taught him, he now has a future and a hope. He has a hope for a home, family, and a life. He was so thankful for James to give him that hope. That struck me because that basically sums up the whole trip. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” See, It wasn’t James that gave this young man his future and hope, it was God through James via missions.
Missions don’t just happen in Haiti either. We do missionary work at home too. Does this mean we go door to door preaching the love of Christ? No. It means we collect food donations for Demetrious Lane food bank, we knit socks and spend time serving and preparing food for St. Margarets House, we host a free KD luncheon for the kids of Cole Harbour High School, and the list truly goes on and on. We are going to be talking about our missionary work at home and abroad next Sunday (May 4th) at Hillside Wesleyan Church 50 Ritcey Cres at 0930 or at the Parkway Campus at 80 Chameau Crescent at 1100 am. If you want to know what a “mission” really is all about, I encourage you to attend J