“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the capHves, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21
The sentence was audacious – amazingly bold and some might say cocky. “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Who was this carpenter from Nazareth and how could He possibly say He was the fulfillment of a prophecy that the whole nation of Israel had been waiting for, for centuries? Who was this man they had seen growing up as a boy in their village streets? They thought they knew Him, but they didn’t.
They didn’t understand that He had a calling, that He had a purpose. That no matter what they said about Him, He was going forward. They might not understand, but He knew He was born for this, and it didn’t matter if they thought He was crazy.
But what was His purpose? “To preach the gospel to the poor.” He was not the type of Messiah many thought would come – to establish a kingdom, to vanquish Israel’s enemies. He was not there to exalt the religious establishment and hand out choice seats to them in His kingdom. He had come for the poor, the captives, the blind, the downtrodden. He had come for the spiritually hungry, the spiritually needy, the spiritually lost and those with little hope in this world.
During these many months we have been talking about the Haiti missions trip, some may have wondered, why go all the way to Haiti? Why go so far away? Why go to a place that could be dangerous? Why go to a place where you need to raise so much money to go? And the answer I would have is that I feel God wants me to go. I really don’t know why Haiti. I’m Asian. God, wouldn’t it make more sense to send me to some place where there are other Asians? But no, it’s Haiti.
And so, I’m planning to go and there are others who are going also who feel the tug, who feel the call from God. We are going to the poorest country in this hemisphere about 1600 miles away. Does it make earthly sense? No, but it makes total sense if you feel that God wants you to go.
So, while I feel God wants me to go, honesty, I don’t have any idea about how God will use me when I get there. I just know I’m supposed to go. Maybe He’ll tell me when I get there. Or maybe He won’t and I will just go through the experience and then realize why during the midst of that week. However, what I am certain of is that whatever happens, my faith will be stretched, that I will be amazed at His faithfulness and amazed at the way He is at work in a place that has so little.
It has been a real encouragement and blessing to me to see the funds come in and I appreciate the support you have all shown toward this trip. But even more than the funds, I would ask for your prayers. Please pray that we would know who the remaining 2 or 3 people are who will go with us by this month. If they come from outside the church, they will need enough time to raise the funds. I would also ask for your prayers that God would prepare us spiritually and mentally for this trip and we would be willing to be used in whatever way He sees fit. Thanks, much.
Lotus Mccleery for the team