Ecuador, 2016, Day One

We can all learn to have a very basic conversation in another language, if we want and if the opportunity presents itself. Carrying on a normal conversation will take more consistent study and especially practice with others who will help us learn. However, reaching the point where we can have a deep conversation takes an extended time of intentional effort, practice, and a humble willingness to learn. This process will involve a great deal of trail and error, but the reward of being fluent in a new language cannot be measured.

I’ve been spending some time learning Spanish. However, I can barely carry on a conversation, primarily because I have not practiced enough. A group of us from church just arrived in Ecuador to spend time with our partner church here that also has a Compassion International project tied to it. We’re also visiting and praying through another village with a goal to establishing a church and Compassion project there as well. We value your prayers in this. I have many friends here, and I want to communicate with them in their own language.

One of the local Compassion leaders and I were sharing about how the Lord works in our lives, and how we grow in learning to obey him even through difficulties. We spoke about how we grow to the point where we see the Lord’s hand leading and guiding us into a more obedient and effective walk of faith with Jesus by his Spirit even in hardships. However, few can understand this at first, and we all need someone who has grown in the life of faith to translate the events of life for us. This translating the events of life can only be done by those who have learned the language of the kingdom from the Lord in his word.┬áMay we all reach this level of maturity.

Where do we each want to be in our life as one of Jesus’ disciples? Are we satisfied with those most simple faith conversations? If so, please understand these will neither sustain you nor lead you into an abundant and fruitful life serving the Lord. Have you tasted the goodness of growing to the point where you see and understand the Lord is at work? That is wonderful, please press forward.

Surround yourself with others more mature who challenge you in faith (they speak the language). Learn from the Lord on your own and in communities of faith, and constantly practice this life. Grow in your ability to see how the Lord is working in each moment. At all times, share what you learn with others. Let’s not find ourselves at the end of life not being fluent in the life and language of faith in Jesus.

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