I had the opportunity to take a trip to Eli House in Mexico a month ago. Eli House is a mission that we as a church support. The Board of Eli House were all present at the Mission. Dave Sommers, Mark Coblentz, Chad Dutcher, Betti Troyer and Adam Runkle. Melodie and Brianna Sommers, who are an invaluable part of EHM were also there.
The purpose of my visit was two-fold. One was to celebrate the opening of the Galilaia House with Pastor Joel (pronounced ho el’). The second was to offer support and see how we at Evermore can continue to and better support EHM.
The Galilaia House didn’t open as planned, but the time together was used wisely. The Galilaia house is also supported by Faith Community Fellowship in California and 4 members were present at Eli House along with their interpreter Dennis Espisoto. Dennis was a great resource as the Board met with FCF to discuss their relationship with EHM. His understanding of culture was very helpful to the communication.
The EHM board met on Friday and again on Saturday to address 19 agenda items. The meeting was long but profitable as direction was given to continue to move forward.
Several of us also got a little tour of San Luis from Brianna who is very comfortable in and around San Luis.
I met children and parents who are a part of the mission at Eli House. The Mission Statement of EHM is to bring children and their families the hope of Jesus. They do that by helping with their school work, feeding them and loving them. The impact is hard to miss. A Fiesta was held Saturday night with kids running around, food, parents and staff smiling and laughing.
I learned some things about myself on this trip. I don’t like foreign missions. My natural response to the language barrier is to pull back. 112 degrees is really hot. I like kids, but when a bunch of them are running around, playing and yelling, I reach my limit pretty quick. Those are reaI inclinations about myself. I am learning that no matter what I have or lack in my calling from God, when I reach my limits, God steps in.
I kept asking Melodie why she was involved in EHM. What I saw of the Mission was not in her wheel house, not her strengths, maybe not even what she enjoys. Kids, noise, chaos, dirt, heat. Sand on the roads, but not a beach in sight. She said she loves it there. She loves to serve. God not only has enabled her to serve at EHM, but to enjoy it.
Yesterday we heard a similar story from Dacia. Dacia had a good job and with it, she felt pressure to fit in. She went into debt shopping and trying to make sure she was keeping up with everyone else and to feel good about herself. There was no contentment. Dacia had the opportunity to go to Uganda. She was manager of an orphanage of 57 children. In her words, she was not equipped for the task. She wasn’t even a mom. “God equipped me in a way that I’ve never been equipped.”
2 Corinthians 12:9b-10 NLT “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
If I was in charge, I think I’d pick someone with the specific skills for the specific job. The problem with that approach is that we can pat ourselves on the back. We know we’re gifted and do certain things well, so when we do it, it’s easy to be proud. When we do things outside of our strength and it goes well, we know that God was involved. I have experienced that many times in my life. God is so faithful.
When I am weak, then I am strong