This is a guest post from one of our Peru Team members, Christine Steckline.
For me, Sunday is always a day of worship and time with the family. Since I am away from family being in Peru, I spent the morning with my new Peruvian family. We had a Bible lesson about the building of the tabernacle from Exodus 31: 1-11. As the Israelites wondered in the desert, they built the tent and furnishings as God had instructed them to do in Exodus 25:8, “Let them make for me a sanctuary, so that I may live among them.”
God provided by filling specified individuals with the skills to do the work that was needed to create the sanctuary so that everyone could worship the Lord. The Negritos Church of the Nazarene is similar to the Israelites in that they worked together to create a place of worship for the people of this community. They come together regularly to share from their poverty to serve and worship the Lord to all who they come in contact with them.
Today, I worshipped in Spanish, which is not a language that I understand and yet, I am moved by how the Spirit of the Lord can unite us in one. I find it truly amazing that we cannot speak each other’s language (at least for me) yet we can worship together and praise our risen Savior. My sponsor child, Dhara is part of the praise team and she shared with the church a beautiful song of worship. She is very talented and is learning to trust in the Lord every day.
Today, I was very emotional because I missed my husband and my kids. I always try to dedicate time on Sunday to spend with them. Victoria gives me a bad time in that she doesn’t think that I spend enough time with them. Yesterday, when I was with Dhara and her mother, I asked them what they liked to do for fun. They said that they spend time walking along the beach, with family, and attending various community events. She said that their money is usually limited so most of their time is spent at the church.
I realized that I am often distracted by all the other activities that I can do that I miss the most important things that is right in front of me – family, friends, and my relationship with God. I realize that I need to make adjustments in my priorities.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”