Building a Connection Takes Time
Over the last couple of years, I have been meeting with a pastor that comes to visit our area every few months. Each time, I would ask him to take me with him next time he goes out to minister in our community. This month, he finally took me up on my offer to go.
When we arrived in the mountain community, about an hour from where we live, we were greeted by 180 smiling faces. This day was for them, and we were celebrating Day of the Child, which is a lot like Christmas.
We began the day singing a few songs and listening to a short devotional from Pastor Carlos. Afterward, many prizes were awarded to the winners of various competitions of agility, speed, and strength. This was followed by piñatas and my new favorite game where a snake goes out looking for its tail.
While all this was going on, I was able to meet with the leaders of the community. We told them about a ministry our fellow missionaries are doing where the men meet and discuss their regional issues and how to resolve them. The leaders loved the idea and promised that they would pack the room with people who want to improve their community if we returned.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could visit this community regularly, tell them about the love of Jesus, His passion for community, and His command to disciple others in wholistic ministry?