I am an adventurous person. I love the outdoors, and honestly, I don’t mind getting dirty. I love new experiences. Earlier this week, a group of us went to Diego’s house, who is a brother here in the church. He lives in San Juan, which is about a 10-15 minute drive from the facility. The place where he lives is beautiful. After we had eaten lunch, he and his family wanted to take us up to a farm where his brother in law lives. His brother in law met us at Diego’s house first and he had his horse with him. Gabriela knows that I have always wanted to ride a horse, so she suggested to them that I ride it the whole way up to the farm. I was up for it, but a little nervous at the same time (I’ve never ridden one). But, on I got anyway, deciding not to be afraid. I rode the entire way, about a 30 minute travel. We went through this open farmland, and the weather was perfect. The sun was shining bright, and it was so beautiful and open outside. On the way to the farm, I couldn’t help but think of this life that God has given me. Being in a different land, speaking a different language and ministering to Nicaraguans was never, ever a life I saw myself living, especially as I think of the life I lived before Jesus. Only God could have given this to me.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have seen this scripture come alive in my own life. My old life is gone, and my life now is new and has purpose in Jesus. On the way back from the farm, instead of going on horseback, we all (about 10 of us) rode back on a small cart being pulled by oxen. That was another wild experience. I loved it! I am grateful for this life and I am so grateful for God’s faithfulness in taking care of us as we minister here. I love how He shows us that He is near.