To fully impart to you the detail in full of what transpired the past week through this blog is not possible, regardless of the length or detail I use. What took place transpires mere words. However, as a simple overview of what too place can be given. We (A group of twelve EC students led by Pastor Eric, and a team from Rhema Mexico led by Pastor Tim Rogers) ministered three days in three different rural areas in the heart of Mexico. Ministry involved free haircuts, dental work, kids programs, free clothing, and care packages, and prayer for healing as well as prayer to receiving Jesus Christ as Lord. Many people came forth to invite Jesus into their hearts and many were healed through prayer. In short the entirety of the experience was amazing, truly something that only the Lord can do!

There are so many elements from this trip that could be the topic for what is to follow, but at the heart I believe that simplicity is best, and a moment this past Tuesday ministered to me a lot of what was stored up over the Mexico Missions Trip.

Tuesday we were given the day to rest, recover, catch up, and more or less do what needed to be done in light of being gone for the previous week. I took the tail end of that day to go to Saugatuck and see the sunset over the frozen remains of the lake and enjoy a period of peace. Over the two to three hours of walking down the beach and out to the pier the Lord brought many aspects of the trip up in my heart and really let them sink in and do a good work in me. Of these the main work was done in terms of what was stated earlier; simplicity is best.

In Mexico this was a very true reality for the portion of time we were there. The object of our focus was singular, to do the work of the Lord by loving and serving His people. The lives of the people in these towns were also so simple. They worked hard to support their family and help the community and didn’t give much attention to exterior distractions. This concept has been rolling around inside me and I believe that we can all take away from the idea that simple is better. Pastor Eric even had the opportunity to preach on this very topic over the week. His main focus being that the answer for many of our problems is simple, simply spend time with Jesus.

So after an amazing week of seeing the Lord work, heal, save, and move amongst His people we came back to the hustle and bustle of the States and it’s been easy to realize how we get lost in all the ways we busy ourselves. There is never a shortage of things to do here in the U.S. but I truly believe that can be our downfall. We lose focus, set our eyes on things other than what we have on our plate, check out mentally, and decide to coast after a long stretch of hard work and end up missing what the Lord had in store for us. We can easily fill our lives with so many daily choices and decisions that by the end we feel worn out and further from peace than the previous day.

The reason for simplicity is easy to grasp. When we don’t have so many distractions shouting our name we are far far more capable of appreciating the people in our lives, and the things that truly matter. So in light of this principle I encourage you to turn off your phone notifications, limit your time on social media, donate or sell the unnecessary material goods that waste your time, take time to get away from the hustle and bustle and be with God, and realize that every single day of your life is a mission field, for we were all called to preach the Gospel and make disciples.

Be still and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10

Kevin Stelzer

1st Year Student Blogger

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