In our lives we are bound to encounter obstacles that will try to trip us up, mountains that we must climb and fires that attempt to reduce our world to ashes, but for those who trust in the Lord, there is hope. This week I was witness to how the Lord can bring beauty from ashes in the lives of His people. We had a team of young people here whose hearts were pure and spirits were sweet. They were determined to bring hope and light to the people of Haiti, which they accomplished along with so much more. This team experienced a first for us at Base Camp in the fact that we were actually able to begin clearing away the rubble from two house sites. For some the sight of every earthly possession being reduced to a mountain of rubble would be extremely overwhelming and disheartening, but this team from Medford, Oregon rolled up their sleeves and got right to work making an everlasting impression on both families as well as everyone here at Base Camp. They willingly embraced the vision that we are not here to do for the Haitian people what they can do themselves, but instead to come along side them showing God’s love and our support in their greatest time of need. It is, of course, rewarding when you are able to see the progress of your hard labor, evidenced by the fact that we were able to make a large enough clearing to place a tent at the site. This provided a temporary shelter for the family as they continue rebuilding their lives. But in all reality we may never know the full impact that our hard work and self-sacrifice had in the lives of the people we encountered. In my opinion, there is no greater way to spread the love of the Lord, and trust me when I say that love was abundant this week in Haiti. God most definitely gets all the glory for everything that was accomplished here this week, but He could not have done it without your willing hearts. Thank you to the Medford “Anthem” Team, the team here at Base Camp and to all the people who made it possible for us to be here changing forever the hearts and lives of a hurting people. This is what rebuilding a nation is all about!
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I responded like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part’ then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Continuing to spread His love