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God's Not American
by Katherine Cheng
Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
This morning the team visited Jubilee’s church; we were warmly welcomed and accepted. The church body stopped their service and greeted us with wide smiles and open arms, despite some not even knowing us. The people were so welcoming and genuine; it made me leave my comfort zone that I have only known. In general I’m not much of a hugger and I like my space, but today I just let go of my timid and shy nature and hugged away. The children there melted my heart; they were so precious and innocent.

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They were very involved in their worship/church service; it was such a difference from our bubble-like world. Not only was their involvement in the service different but also the language. We tend to forget, or at least I do, that God is not American. We cannot bind Him to our standards of living. There is a whole other world that calls our LORD, God. There is no language barrier between Him and the Body of Christ. Despite the differences, the most important thing is that we share with these wonderful people, the love for our same, true God.
-Hannah D

I Peter 2:9-10: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."

Today as our team visited the Church meeting at the Jubilee school, we immediately felt like part of the family.  I am always amazed at the realization that the local Church (no matter where it is located), is God’s instrument for building His Kingdom and His family.  Today we saw many beautiful sights and went shopping in the “Valley of the Angels” but the most beautiful thing we experienced was finding ourselves at “home” among the local Church and God’s people here.  The scripture above came to mind as we mingled with the beautiful people that speak a different language but welcomed us with the language of love.

Our team is grateful to God for the privilege it is to be here to serve the broken and marginalized in the nation of Honduras.   Today, what little fears we had of connecting with the people disappeared as we blended together as the ‘people of God’.  For all of you that helped us get here… THANK YOU!  We have only just begun the week and we are already amazed at the goodness of God in our midst.  We are praying for His favor to go before us as we serve and for lives to be impacted by Him!
Brad M


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