5 February 2017
Worship of God is the reason why we exist--to give glory to God for who He is and what He has done. Whenever I give a missions talk, I usually quote John Piper from his book Let the Nations Be Glad: “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate.” Worship is not just about singing, praying, reading the Bible, and telling people about Jesus, although these are awesome and essential ways to worship God. Worship is also about carrying out our daily lives in a way that is dedicated to Him. The way we live our lives in the areas of family, work, leisure, and interactions with people on a daily basis should bring glory to Him.
The biggest reason that we are sad to leave Canillá and eager to go back is that God is there. God no longer dwells in a physical location but rather through His Holy Spirit, He lives in the hearts of those who belong to Him. There is a special communion among the missionaries with whom we work in Guatemala and therefore God’s presence is evident. Areli and I often talk about how we feel God’s presence more during our times in Canillá.
As we finish our time here in Mexico and head back to Michigan tomorrow, we know that God is with us. We look forward to rejoining our fellowship with the members of Hope Community Church, Covenant Community Care, and all of our other brothers and sisters who belong to Him. We're thankful to all of those who made this trip possible and who have been praying for us and those to whom we have ministered. At this point, we don’t know when will be the next trip to Guatemala but we know that God will make this clear to us in His time.