By Bishar Laguerre (Ohsweken Missions Team Member, Mississauga City Baptist Church)
I had been serving the Six Nations community in missions every year from when I was 13 until I turned 18. When I had first started I was new and immature in my Christianity, and it was my participation in missions that renewed my relationship with Jesus. Helping to run a Vacation Bible School for the kids at the reserve really propelled my spiritual journey. But it would be four years, after that last trip in 2018, until I returned again, this past August.
Coming back into the mission I was apprehensive. After being gone for so long, I had a lot of fear. After all that time, I felt that I should’ve had more to show in terms of wisdom, knowledge, or in the strengths of the relationships I had made with the kids I served before.
But I didn’t feel equipped. I didn’t think I would have the energy that I had before, or relationships, or trust. I would have to start from scratch to build those relationships again — and even then, I wondered if I would be able to find the words to have much-needed spiritual conversations.
But as usual God had bigger plans for me.
“And God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that, always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed…” – 2 Corinthians 9:8.
Within a couple of days on the mission, I had deeper spiritual conversations than I had ever had, engaged in meaningful fellowship, and shared part of my testimony. I had doubted the impact I had back when I first started in missions, but those relationships I had built started off as if they had never ended, and new relationships flourished fruitfully. The Lord shows me time and time again that He provides, and this was another way to show that through Him all things are possible.
And with this I say simply, go out and do good things.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.