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MY JOURNEY 13

YOUR MISSION IS COMPLETE
Often I have thought  of Jesus’ parable of the talents.  To one servant he gave five talents, to another two, and to still another he gave one talent.  This was a test to see what they would do with what they were given.  Most of you know the story.  The Master went on a long journey.  Each of the first two servants took what was given them and doubled what the Master had originally given.  However, the third servant took what was given him and buried it, thinking he might lose it, and that the Master would be harsh with him upon his return.  Jesus alluded to his own expectations from his disciples, when he revealed the response of the Master to the servants.  The first two received the commendation, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  On the other hand, the careless servant heard the words that men shudder to even think they might hear: cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This portion of MY JOURNEY has to do with the term, WELL DONE.
tortoise-and-hare.jpgSome people are good ‘starters’, but poor ‘finishers’.  They, like the proverbial Hare, start out very fast but soon run out of enthusiasm.  There endurance level is somewhat lacking.  God has a purpose and reason for each person both in the here and the hereafter.  For the follower of Christ our chief desire is to Complete the Mission to which we have been called.  Of course, the ultimate fulfillment is to live our lives in such a way that God receives the glory for all we accomplish in this life.  There are, however, ‘missions’ along the way to our Mission.  In my life I have had many ‘missions’.  My prayer is that they add up to the fulfillment of the Mission to which he has called me.
One such mission took place in August of 1997.  Being a Regional Representative for Hand to the Plow Ministries, Inc., I have had numerous occasions to minister with the brothers and sisters in the land of Haiti.  Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  It is known now as a Fourth-World Country.  Through the years our ministry has had the privilege of preaching the gospel, providing food, clothing, clean water, building churches, and giving gifts at Christmas to thousands of children.  Haiti is a nation, whose culture is polluted with Voo Doo.  It is even recognized as the State Religion.  Voo Doo, being a part of the culture, has stretched her tentacles into most households, social organizations, and even into the Church.  The ‘spiritual darkness‘ associated with this demonic influence has  almost choked the life out of the people.  Six out of every ten children die by the age of five or six.  The average life-span is forty-five.  Economically, socially, and politically Haitians have no hope of their situation ever being better.map-of-haiti.jpg
For that reason a group of twelve felt directed by the Lord to take a special trip to Haiti to pray for the nation.  One hundred hears previous to our going on this prayer vigil a group of Haitians went to Cape Haitian (a city in the North), spent three days worshipping the devil, slaughtered a pig, drank its blood and sold the soul of the nation to the kingdom of darkness.  About the time the Lord led us to go pray, a hundred years later, another group of Haitians went to the same place, worshipped God for three days, took Holy Communion (the Body and Blood of Jesus), and purchased the nation back for God.
Prior to the trip we felt there might be a few places we would go in the country to pray, but one such place was on top of one of Haiti’s mountains in a little village called Cha Cha (Sha Sha).  This village is 4000 feet up on the mountain.  The only way to get there is by foot.  It is absolutely one of the most difficult trips I have ever taken.  We left the mission compound about 4:30 a.m. and travelled for a couple of hours to the base of the mountain.  We began our asscent at about 7:00 a.m.  It took us 4 hours to climb.  Did I mention we were in Haiti?….in August?  Man!  Tongue outWas it hot!  By the time we reached the village at the top of Cha Cha, I don’t know about the rest of the group but my ‘transmission’ was draggin’ the ground.  We found the porch of the little Church we had built some years before and we each layed down to rest and ended up falling asleep for a couple of hours.  When we awoke, I felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck, and the last thing on my mind was praying…for Haiti…or anybody.  That’s not quite true.  I had one prayer request.  I was asking Jesus how he was going to get me back down that mountain.  Yeah…back down…We had to get back down and then drive two hours back to the Mission House.  The ladies had fixed us some peanut butter sandwiches and lemonade.  We thankfully ate, and I remember sitting inside that little Haitian Church muttering, “Jesus, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to participate in this prayer meeting.  I don’t even know, if Ican walk back down the mountain”
Suddenly,  One of the brothers from the back of the room began to sing, “I  bowed on my knees and cried ‘holy…”  Friend, I cannot explain what happened to me and to the others, but the power and presence of the Holy Spirit came into that Church through our brother’s obedience to sing.  Each of us was strengthened by his mighty hand.  For the next 2 1/2 to 3 hours we were lost in the wonder of his Presence.  It was on that day that my definition of prayer changed.  We sang, we rejoiced, we worshipped…but not once did anyone bow his/her head and pray a traditional prayer.  We were in precious communion with our Lord and with one another., and ‘prayer as ususal just simply would not work.  Somewhere during this glorious time each of us sensed the Lord speaking to us.  And what was his word to us?   He said, ‘ALL I EVER WANTED YOU TO DO WAS LOVE ME.’  We have made Christianity so complicated.  It is really very simple, so simple that a child can do it. mountain-of-haiti.jpg
We felt released by the Lord to begin our journey back to the Mission House.  Yeah, that meant walking back down that mountain.  We had other places to go to ‘pray’ or so we thought.  About 1/3 of the way back down the mountain as we walked single file over the rough terrain and under the hot evening sun, something wonderful occured.  As I was walking along I sensed the Lord speaking in my spirit.  He was saying, “Your mission is complete”!  My dear friend, Steve Coder was about 30 feet behind me in single file.  He quickly ran up beside me and said, “Brother, the Lord just spoke to me back there”.  I said, ‘Really!  What did he say?”  He said, “Your mission is complete”!  We had several more days in Haiti…Now what were we going to do with the time left?  No worries!  God wasn’t finished yet.
I wish I could express to you how I felt at that moment and even now as I review  this experience.  The thought of“Mission Complete” still revererates through my spirit.  I don’t know how many times in my life I have heard, “Well Done”, but this was one.  From that day to this there has been a significant change in the spiritual climate in Haiti.  She’s still sick…but at least now she’s not dead.  This remains one of the watermarks of my life.  I discovered that pleasing God is not about how many things on a religious list I can check off, nor is it about making notches in my Bible.  No!  Pleasing God is about drowning in the flood of His love and being a conduit of that love to others.  If we do that, He’ll be very “Well-pleased”.  
More to come…

October 13th, 2008 Posted by | Biographical | 3 comments

3 Responses to “MY JOURNEY 13”

  1. Bubba I always wanted to go with you but I never thought I could make it up the mountain.

  2. “All I ever wanted you to do was to love Me.” That says it all, doesn’t it?

    Hmmmmmm

    How do we get back to that from where we are?

  3. looking forward for more information about this. thanks for sharing. Eugene