Week 5 – April 11

Name: Linda LaVardera, age 50
Missions Experience: China Mission Trip
“My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning” (Psalm 130:6).

During my mission trip to China in 2005, our team had an opportunity to visit the Great Wall. As we spent time walking along a portion of this historic site, we prayed for unbelievers in this beautiful country to know Jesus. I thought back to a time when watchmen stood on the Wall and guarded their post all night long until they saw the light of morning. It reminded me of how Jesus came to be the light of our lives. He offers us His unfailing love and forgiveness as we wait in hopeful expectation to the day when we, as believers, will dwell with Him forever. As I walked the Great Wall, I thought about its purpose so long ago to keep intruders at bay. It reminded me of my own life back at a time when I had a “great” wall up in my heart, determined to live my life, my way. When I finally decided to trust in Jesus and allow Him into my heart, my wall came tumbling down. My soul was thirsty and He came to quench my thirst, give me hope and a future. He came to be my light in a world full of darkness. Just as in my own country, thousands of miles away in China, I saw the hurting faces of despair of those looking for something better. When I reflect on my missional experience in China, it encourages me to be praying for those all across the globe who do not yet know Jesus as their Savior. If we all will slow our busy pace, the Lord will show us who He has put in our path that might need to hear the message of the saving power of Jesus.

Prayer: “Lord, help us to slow down and pray for those around the world that do not yet know you. Put in our path, those you would have us share your message of love, forgiveness and hope with. Amen.”


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