Since the first eruption of La Soufrière, my schedule has been thrown off. normal ministries centred on evangelism or discipleship. Ministries after the eruption involved cleaning, distributing relief, and transporting needed items.
While we are very far from recovered from the volcanic eruptions 1, things have thankfully calmed down in Barrouallie to the extent that life is beginning to return to normal.
While I’m very thankful for “boots on the ground” ministry that involved practical things like delivering goods, and clearing yards. I’m excited for the opportunity to return to my Scripture based ministry of Evangelism and Discipleship (or reach and teach).
This may seem strange since the very practical ministries during the crisis following the initial eruptions had a deep impact upon the lives of individuals.
But the “reaching and teaching” is more important because individuals are dealing with their eternal destiny.
experiencing a natural disaster like the eruptions of La Soufrière is an important reminder of our weakness when compared to God. It also makes individuals think about their eternal destiny following death.
In these moments God has individuals attention. And while it’s incredibly important to make sure their physical needs are met, it’s more important to clearly explain the Gospel.
- Because things cannot bring happiness
- Because sin always destroys our lives
- Because their true need is to be saved for eternity
- And because Salvation brings the hope the world never can
This is important to remember because I’m spending lots of time these days doing relief work, which does glorify God.
But I am not called to meet the physical needs of others…..
I’m called to lead them to Christ, and train them to reach others.
Obviously this doesn’t mean I don’t overlook financial needs. But filling their belly with food is not as important as placing their faith in Christ
So I happily feed the needy…..
But make sure my goal is a transformed heart instead of a full belly.
- We actually still have them, experienced the thirty-first this morning ↩
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