Another missionary just arrived a couple days ago—Hilary. She is a special education teacher and comes as such a blessing to Casa Gabriel with a desire to teach those kids receiving the least stimulation and instruction. As she starts her first days here and I enter into my last, I can’t help but think of m first days and weeks and give thanks to God for all that He has done.
Day 1 was love at first sight. I was overwhelmed by the love and this place and a dream come true for me. Then came day 2; my eyes were opened to the needs and within my American mind, frustration began to grow. I must confess. Rather than giving thanks for all that they had— I placed judgment. I had been told this won’t happen, the women only will do this, or the kids don’t know how to do that.
But God is bigger.
And now, as I take a couple moments to reflect, I am reminded of some of what He has done and continues to do. The Lord called me to do something though I was not nearly equipped. Every step of the way, He has equipped me with therapists, teachers, advice, and supplies. The kids were spending most of the day watching TV, and weren’t hardly allowed to play with their toys. Now, the ladies do art and crafts, schooling, and Luz even works one on one with the special needs kids to facilitate language development! Kids that were left in the crib are playing outside with the others. The Lord has opened so many doors to build friendships with the ladies. I cannot in any way deny God’s goodness or faithfulnessl. He is so much bigger than any hurdle.
And through it all, through Day 3, 4, and 5—on through the first month and second and third, I am reminded that love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.
God is good. He is faithful. And love—it never fails.