A team of us went to Manila, Philippines at the beginning of 2018 to support the mission work of Ambassadors for Jesus Christ (AFJC) for a week. It was indeed an eye-opening & life-transforming trip. We had visited the slum areas, hospital, campus for high school, elementary school and teachers’ ministries, orphanage, juvenile, prison and drug surrenders ministry. Throughout that one week, we witnessed many souls saved and miraculous healings happened.
To be honest, I went there without much expectation as it seemed & sounded totally different from the mission trip I went for last time. I literally got no idea how was this mission trip going to work and we only had two meetings before departure. When our team leaders asked us to pray for our faith goal for this mission trip, I asked God, “Do you think 20 salvations & 7 healings are too little or a bit too much?” God didn’t answer me. I shamefully sent out my faith goals to our team leader and I was telling myself inside my heart, “You of little faith!”
However, God answered my question on the first day of our mission trip. In a slum area, when we asked, “Who want to receive Jesus?”, everyone raised up their hands. The same happened to all the other places. I was shocked by their response and their soft heart that hungry for God’s love, hope and forgiveness. In that moment, I knew I had underestimated what God can do. I had put a powerful God in a tiny box I set up for Him. God did not just show me His power only but He let me to feel His heart for His people as well. He let me to feel the sadness when I saw the people’s suffering, just like how all these aches His heart. He let me to feel the joy when the people yearn for His love, hope, healing and Him Himself, just like how all these please His heart.
God opened my eyes and shown me much more than what I expected. He also expanded my heart to love different ones, especially the poor and the sick. I understand more of His love now. The more I understand His love, the more I know God has commanded us to love. God taught me that if I acknowledge that He is the King of my heart, then I need to fight for the heart of my King just like what have written in Matthew 25:35-46:
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Export Officer, UQ6