A Shining Light

Never underestimate the power of God’s ability to transform lives. Coming to Christ was the best decision I ever made. It’s liberating when one reaches the conclusion that chasing after the things of the world is silliness. There is no joy to be found seeking money, power or material things. True joy is only found through a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Before coming to Christ, my priorities revolved around myself. I was walking in darkness, satisfying my own desires. After I came to know Jesus, my heart became focused on helping to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of others.

Here in Panama, we work with a mission group that ministers to the indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé. The change on our little part of the mountain has been amazing. Most of these people live in extreme poverty. They support themselves by picking coffee or other agricultural work. When the church was first started the people would hardly even look at us, much less smile and wave. The Ngöbe-Buglé have a very loose family structure and polygamy is very common. Often the women are exchanged through drunken payday brawls. The women are usually uneducated — although that is also slowly changing. The women sew their own dresses that are always bright colors with intricate borders.

Several years ago, a church and school were built half way up the mountain. The difference has been astounding. Now when we drive up the mountain, people smile and wave. Many couples are now married. Much of the drinking has ceased. People go right up to the alter at church and get on their knees and pray. They love and encourage one another.

Currently, we are helping a group of the women start their own business “The Sew Sisters” are making aprons from repurposed material and sewing their intricate borders on them. It’s fun to watch their excitement when one of their aprons sells. They save ten percent for materials, and we are encouraging them to tithe ten percent. The rest goes into their bank account. We never would have been able to do anything like that several years ago. The Holy Spirit is truly changing the culture of the people.

God didn’t create us to be children of darkness. Instead, we are called to be children of light. Let’s make sure we are focusing on Christ. Remember, Christ died for us so that we may spend eternity with Him. Jesus promised that He would return one day, so keep your light shining and be ready!

(Debbie Worzalla)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Contrasts in Life Help Us to Know What is Best on April 13th, 2019 - Watch Sermon

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