Over the last year, any time I ventured near my fridge several Swazi children, waving to me from a colorful postcard, have greeted me. Their sweet smiles kept me mindful to me to pray for our Warren Baptist team as they traveled to Swaziland this past May-June of 2016. When I placed that little card on my refrigerator door one year ago (and never removed it!) I had no idea, not even an inkling that I too would be preparing to travel to Swaziland with the team just one year later! Until now, my missions have always been close to home and within my home, as a wife, as a mother, as a friend. Over the past year God has been teaching me what it truly means to look across the world at other nations and to see myself in the people there. Moms, wives, women, who are just like myself. Children, the same as my own, wanting love and attention. When I found myself compelled to write down my name for this year’s mission to Swaziland, I was a bit overwhelmed and a little surprised by the courage God was providing me with to GO.
As a part of my heart’s preparation for this upcoming adventure, God has pointed me to Mark 10:14-16.
But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
I love to imagine the way Jesus spent time with children that he encountered during his ministry on earth! How precious he surely made each and every child feel by taking them in His arms, loving them and blessing them! We are the hands and feet of God in this world now. He calls us to show love to His little children and His grown children! I will go to Swazi with this verse on my heart (and on my t-shirt!), reminding me to share the overflow of love that Christ has given me with every child I encounter at the care points we will visit, with every caretaker who pours into these children daily, and with everyone along the way. As Jesus did.
Thank you for engaging with our team through this blog! We covet your prayers that God’s will be done during our time in Swaziland.