The thing about short term missions, is although we are frequently planting seeds, we very rarely get to see the fruit that results from our efforts. Today, we had the opportunity to witness the fruit that resulted from the seeds that a previous APU Action Team member planted.
It was the first day of vacation bible school for the APU team. The day was filled with songs, skits, and games, which all went according to plan, but the best part of the day for many of us was when a little girl approached an APU team member repeatedly asking for Katie. Katie was an action team member that came to Mori, India, running VBS for the past two years. Last year she apparently really bonded with this particular child and at the end of the day traded watches with her so they could remember each other. The little girl was not only wearing Katie’s watch, but she also brought a beautifully wrapped present that she insisted that we should give to Katie, who unfortunately, could not join us this year.
It was in this moment that many of us realized that we really are having an impact on these kid’s lives, and what we do really does matter. Even though most days we will not see the impact of the little things we do, God sees them, and many of these kids will grow as a result of them. As it says in Philippians 1:6 “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” For this reason, we should always be willing to surrender everything for the Lord. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to do the work of our Father even though it may at times not make any sense or seem as though it is making a difference. But our faith in the power and love of Christ is where we are able to be true disciples shining a light on His kingdom for these children.
Sarah and Emma