It all started with an interview (Part 2)…

11 Jan

‘Twas 15 minutes before my interview and I was a wreck!

How was I supposed to convince my team leaders that I should go on this trip? I have never been on a missions trip. I am not exactly the strongest of the bunch. The only Spanish vocabulary I knew was “Hola” and “Amigos” and with that I was sure they were going to tell me “Adios!”

I needed to wrap myself in the confidence of the Lord. So before I went into the interview I prayed a simple prayer:

“Lord, I pray to be all of myself, completely, fully, wholly. I pray to be honest and let my heart do the talking. I really want to go on this trip, but what I mostly want is for these people to be taken care of, to be loved. Even if it is not by me. I will continue to have this trip in my prayers”

With these words I had the courage to walk boldy and peacefully into the interview. General questions were asked and plain answers were given. It was one question that broke the barrier of my soul.

“Why do you think you should go to Ecuador?”

A pause. Suddenly the Amazon river took a detour to the corner of my eyes. My heart began pulsating through my chest. My eyes could not lock with my leaders. My emotions and I were having a wrestling match. I did not want to appear like was sucking up so I avoided any comfort that tried to be exchanged. I could not control this raw reaction. Even I was surprised about how moved I was. Everything I ever thought or felt about Ecuador for 3 years began to pour out. I finally responded:

“I have nothing that I can give. I have never been on a missions trip. I am not the strongest. I am not the wisest. These people can teach me far more than I can ever teach them. I just want to them to be taken care of.”

My leader replied, “You’re on the team!”

AHHHHHHHH! I thought they were kidding, but no, they were serious. A dream that began on the TV is now becoming reality. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! From this experience 3 lessons took root.

  1. The truth is sometimes your heart can be more eloquent then your mind.
  2. You do not have to be qualified to be called.
  3. I love Ecuador, VERY, VERY, MUCH!  *Muy mucho* more than I know.

“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

–Dios respira vida en sueños aparentemente imposibles

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