God is in charge of EVERYTHING!

Not to us, O LORD, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.

Why do the nations say,
“Where is their God?”

Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.

-Psalm 115:1-3

If there is one thing I have learned from my trips to Guatemala is that God is in charge of everything. And like most things in my life, I didn’t learn this the easy way.

In June of 2009, after 5 months of planning and organizing a short-term trip to Guatemala, everything was flipped upside down, and I mean EVERYTHING. It was not just the plans of the trip that changed, but there were people’s long term plans affected. It changed our whole focus of ministry in Guatemala. It was tough…very tough. But ultimately it took realizing that we are not in control and ALL things work for God’s glory, whether we see it, understand it or not.

While in Guatemala again in September, I began talking to the pastor there about organizing a trip of firefighters & police officers to engage the locals and serve along side them and possibly help train them. I, needless to say, was very excited about the idea.

We announced it, the church posted it on the website, handed out fliers in the weekend bulletins and even announced it from stage. 7 days before the application deadline, we had no applications. I was beginning to think that this was just not going to happen.

So this morning, I show up to church, just hoping that an announcement will stir up enough interest to get us a few people to take a trip down. Our pastor stands up on stage, announces the trip and that we need firefighters NOW. After the 2 morning services I end up talking to numerous guys who are interested in going, they leave and call other friends in the church who are firefighters and by the end of the day it looks like we have a full team of about 15 firefighters from cities all over the metroplex.

Praise God!

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