LGD 107: The Lord Sustains

Two men working at a table in Mexico

Day Three of our 2020 Virtual Mexico Missions Experience is complete, and God is doing amazing things in Mexico as we see the new home of the Velazquez-Ramirez Family come to life.

Two men working at a table in Mexico
Cameron & Dave (2019) – Ensenada, Mexico

For the past few days, we have seen the home come to life, and house building a large part of what we do on our Mexico mission trips.

However, many things happen behind-the-scenes that no one ever sees, and I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you.

As I write this, it is just after 10 pm on Wednesday. For me, this is about the time I start working. My role (in addition to co-team lead) is writing and photography.

I help keep all the donors, prayer warriors, and friends updated on what happened during the day. This involves processing pictures, posting to Instagram and Facebook, and writing on the blog.

So, for me, my day really begins around 10 pm and finishes around 2 am or 3 am depending on the number of pictures that need processing.

A normal day for me looks like this,

  • 6am – wake up, get ready, get coffee
  • 7am – morning devotions, check that the email went out with the highlights (more coffee)
  • 7:30am – breakfast
  • 8:00am – Chapel
  • 9:00am – 3:30pm – take pictures at two job sites, shuttle team members to VBS, take more pics, get back to house
  • 4:00pm – Rest
  • 5:00pm – Dinner
  • 6:30pm – Chapel
  • 8:00pm – Hang with team
  • 9:00pm – Debrief
  • 10:00pm-2:00am – Process pics, write, post
  • 2:00am-6:00am – Sleep

Wow, I am tired just writing that schedule. And I get up and do it all over again until we depart for home on Friday morning.

I don’t display the schedule to boast or gain sympathy, but to show that mission trips are not just doing work and then sitting around. They are hard work and rewarding.

The rest of the team worked all day in the sun, and my day begins when there’s concludes.

I could not sustain that schedule without the prayers of the people and God’s sustainment.

This verse is a comfort to me,

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.'”

Psalms 3:5

God sustains me – not just when I am traveling to Mexico, but every day. He grants me rest and refreshment.

During this COVID season, you might feel like every day is Groundhog Day, or the rinse cycle got stuck on repeat.

Never forget that God is our sustainer. When we are weak, he is strong. I could not sustain the grueling schedule above without the Lord’s help.

Some have said to me, “just put a few pics up” or “it’s okay if you miss a day.” It’s not okay, because God asks us to give our best and to work with excellence.

Each team member brings their best to their work during the day as a living testimony of what God has done in our lives. Mission trips are exciting, fun, and sacrifice.

It will be the best vacation you ever experience, and you will be tired. When you are tired, God is there for you holding you up.

When you are weary, God is there with His arm around you helping you.

Today, if you feel weary or tired, take a few breaths and rest in the knowledge that God’s Got This and He’s Got You!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the work you are doing in Mexico with YUGO and on Pastor Ray’s new home. Grant us strength and rest today. When we are weak, help us to run to You for You sustain us. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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