As our Panama '16 team prepares to fly out less than one week from today, checklists are being reviewed, bags packed, and anticipation is mounting. Anticipation is the feeling that rises up in us like a title wave as we draw closer to experiencing our expectations. Sometimes synonymous with “hope”, anticipation propels us to take action according to what we trust WILL inevitably happen.
As a church we are propelled to take action (with our home builds in Panama and with everything else) according to what the Lord has said He WILL do if we partner with Him. Our actions are to make Jesus famous; to lift Him up and shine the spotlight on Him because we know without a doubt that when we do this, He WILL draw hearts to Him (John 12:32). Our hope is not in the specific outcomes of our actions but in the promise that the the Lord Himself will transform lives.
Over 3500 miles away, anticipation is mounting for another small group as well. Pictured below, is Yessibel, the youngest daughter of Ardides and Dominga.
Ken Orozco of Homes of Hope recently posted on the team's Facebook page:
"I can't keep her at home!" This is what Dominga told me this afternoon as we chatted at the construction site. Yessibel loves to go there and play, or just watch. Dominga also told me about all the broken promises and false hope of donations and help from other organizations, TV stations and journalists. It has taken a while for hope to rise in their hearts, but I can see it in their faces, and in the smile of a little girl who is dreaming about what her very own house is going to look like in just a few days......
As you pray for our mission team and for this family receiving a house, pray with anticipation. Thank the Lord for His faithfulness and rejoice that His promises are true. Align your petitions with His promises, and your faith in His word will extend His kingdom to the areas of need and He WILL move as the sovereign God He is!