It is a question I wrestle with continually. What is God’s plan for me? Looking to the future it often seems daunting, causes stress, and yes, the fear that I might make the wrong decision. But looking back, I can see God’s hand guiding, nudging, at times pushing me to move forward trusting in and living for Him.
The early days of Missions Ministries might have been filled with questions. I can just picture Ed and Carol, Gary and Judy, and the countless others brimming with excitement as they crossed the border to help each family, precious in God’s sight. I can imagine the discussions around the dinner table in the hotel in Juarez, the smiles, the hopes, the dreams. But I also wonder, were there concerns, questions, thoughts are we following God’s plan?
Missions Ministries has had and continues to have an immense impact in the communities surrounding the team center. The many staff, leaders, churches, and teams have been the hands and feet of Jesus in a part of the world that needs to see the light shining through. Yet, it seems the world is darkening, yearning for change. A change that only Jesus can bring.
Yes, we are in one of those times.
The ministry is pushing forward, but also taking this time as an opportunity to reorganize. We are asking the big question. What is God’s plan? In this time of COVID and unrest throughout our world, what is the impact God wants us to have in the communities of Juarez? Our hope is that in time teams can return, but as for now we are following the guidelines of the Mexican government. All teams have been cancelled for 2020 and it is possible that it may stretch several months into 2021 as well. We will be planning and preparing for changes needed surrounding COVID protocols. Staff will be trained on hygiene, responsible protections, and deep cleaning of the team center. Furthermore, our leadership structure in Mexico will be diversified into four sections, construction, education, medical, and hospitality. Each section will have a team lead to oversee their department. Another opportunity for change will be to move to legal payroll allowing for the opportunity for staff to receive all of the benefits Mexico can provide for its workforce. Our focus in this time will be to continue to provide homes for the needy, medical care, and to meet the educational needs of our sponsored students. We will continue to sponsor the pastors as they provide soup kitchens in their churches. And we will continue to provide much needed formula and diapers to mothers in need.
What can you do?
Pray with us and for us as we seek His will.
Pray that in the midst of it all we can be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Pray that as we reorganize all involved, will see that this is God’s ministry.
We are in challenging times. God commands us not to fear, to walk in His peace, and to put our trust in Him.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10