After another amazingly fun day at VBS yesterday, today was exciting because we were switching it up. We headed up into the mountains to a special little church retreat area. It had two pools, two soccer fields, covered cooking areas, and tons of lush tropical vegetation to relax under.
We went with the intentions of baptizing people from the local Every Nation church.
Last March, Michael was baptized and just before that, Hannah had asked if she could be baptized as well. Both Mike and I talked with her at different times about how that was our heart, but there was steps she needed to take. We began to explain salvation through Jesus to her and she stop us.
"Mom. I've already prayed and asked for forgiveness. I asked Jesus to be in charge of my life a long time ago."
Hannah has a very vivid recollection of sitting in a chapel service at the Christian school she had been attending. She remembered how the speaker talked about giving all of your heart to Jesus was the best decision and she said that she knew that she wanted to give all to Jesus too. There was a Friday, sometime in third grade, that my little girl made that decision and I couldn't be happier. After talking with her for a short amount of time, both Mike and I knew that she was ready for baptism.
Last week, when we were going through our schedule for Honduras, Hannah saw that there was a special time for baptisms. She came to me and asked if she would be allowed to be baptized in Honduras. Neither Mike or I knew for sure, but I promised we would ask.
Today, my daughter and second-born child was baptized on the side of a mountain in Honduras. God has something very special planned for this girl. She has a heart of compassion and understanding. She never sees things only at the surface, she looks beyond that and looks straight into the heart. She will make friends anywhere, never letting language, race, or social standing become a wall. I truly believe that she will touch many people in her life and will see the world as she shares where her source of love comes from.
Missions work isn't just for the nationals that you are going to minister to. Missions work takes you out of your routine and places you in moments when it is just you and God. Nothing else matters and there is no one else you can depend on. When you come and you experience that, you will walk closer to God. You will be changed. You will decide to baptized miles and miles from home in a country that you have never been too, all because you want God more than anything.
Today lesson: the most beautiful things happen on the side of a mountain.