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For one high schooler, returning to Honduras is all about Love

John 13:34-35:  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Love. It seems like such a common word and it’s used everyday in reference to things such as: pizza, cake, sports, people, etc.  But what is real, genuine love? The best picture of love was Jesus’ life and death on earth. He humbled himself as a servant as he taught people, healed the blind, cured the sick, and repeatedly showed forgiveness. Then he did what no one expected: He died on a tree and bore the weight of every sin. He bore my sin, my failures, and my weakness. God has been teaching me about this magnificent love : His love for me, and His love for every tribe, tongue, and nation. God has commanded that we show the same love to all people.

On the first day of November, I returned to the U.S. after spending a week in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It was my fourth time to go to Honduras and I fall more and more in love with the city and the people every time I go. God has called me to love people…to love people here in my own neighborhood and to love people around the globe. The only way I can do this is because of God’s grace and because of how He first loved me.

Just like everywhere else in the world, when I look into the eyes of people in Honduras, I see hurt and brokenness but in many eyes I see healing. I see redemption. The love of Jesus Christ is overwhelming, life changing, and it is really the reason I continue to return to Honduras. I want to tell people about God’s grace. God has given me a love for Honduras and the people there but His love for them is so so much greater than my love is or ever will be. Before ascending into heaven, Jesus left us with the command to “GO and make disciples of all nations”.

I am a broken vessel, a servant of Jesus Christ. I want to genuinely love people. I continue to return to Honduras to show God’s love…to hug a child or encourage a parent…To share testimonies of God’s grace and his power.

Over the past couple of years God has allowed me to get to know several of the 4th grade girls at Jubilee really well. I have heard their stories, sang songs with them, colored pictures with them, and prayed over them. They have taught me so much about unconditional love and my prayer is that God would continue to use people in their lives to demonstrate His love for them and their families.

We are called to love people: to love our friends, our families, our enemies, our peers, and people who we have never met. We are called to love people of EVERY nation because He first loved us. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1).

Written by Megan Eastabrook.  Megan is 17 and a junior in high school.  She is from Dallas, TX and 121 Community Church.  She has come to Jubilee on Mission Trips through our partner organization, Orphan Outreach.

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