By team member Vic Allende:
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love give preference to one another in honor not lagging behind diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the LORD, rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality” (Rom 12:10-14).
How fitting these verses are for our brigade service this day! These verses are such an encouragement, and we have seen and tasted the servant attitude of our leaders and fellow workers in our medical brigade, and this heart of service flows from our team to the people of Honduras.
There are so many stories to tell related to our service to one another, in the medical, home improvement, and spiritual care that is being provided, and most importantly in how people are coming to the Kingdom of our LORD here from the full spectrum of people–the elderly, the young, the youth, and the little ones. Oh the little ones…They are so dear and precious to the LORD (e.g. Mark 9:36). It has been such an encouragement to my heart to remind myself that is up to us to carry on the work of the LORD (i.e. to preach the Word in season in out of season and to proclaim His truth). The little ones have made such an impact on many of us as they recite with their tiny voices how good our God is, the Creator of all, the One Who sent His begotten Son to die for us for our sinfulness.
Serving the elderly today also was such a privilege. Some came eagerly to be treated medically, and others came to hear God’s Word. They put their trust in us for their medical care, physical care, and spiritual care. Many have such heartbroken lives. For example, today, one elderly man was shot in the leg and robbed for a $5 watch! Yes, a $5 watch! Yet the LORD has spared him to come to our brigade for treatment and to hear His Word. How gracious our LORD is! Oh, dear LORD, let us never forget the sacrifice of your work on the cross for us; it was not in vain. Certainly we must eagerly share the hope that is within us.