March 6, 2018


March 6, 2018


Isaiah 6:8

This weekend’s reading: Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34

(Written by a student on the 2017 Bahamas mission trip.)

One morning on the mission trip to the beautiful island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, my team and I were working on a man’s house (we never actually learned his name because we couldn’t understand what he said most of the time). Three of my friends and I were painting the outside of his home, and after a while, we began gossiping and complaining about life back home. Suddenly, the man stuck his head out of his window and told us that he had been listening to us complaining. He said that he found it hard to not love all people because we are all made in the image of God. He did not criticize us for talking badly about others but rather encouraged us to see the good in everyone. Even though I don’t know his name, this man ended up helping us way more than we ever could have helped him. He reminded us that everyone is beautiful and kept us focused on our mission as Christians: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I still think about him every day when I find someone who is hard to love, and I remember how accepting he was and try to imitate that unconditional grace in my own life.

Today’s Field Guide comes from our Share the Spirit devotional guide. These testimonials are written by students, staff, and volunteers who have participated in one of our youth mission trips or choir tours in the past. They are sharing their experiences and the lessons they learned from God and from each other. We hope the words they share help you grow in your faith. We also hope these words challenge you to grow deeper in your faith by participating in one of these missional opportunities or giving generously so that others can. Sign up to attend Share the Spirit on March 10.