This summer I had the incredible opportunity to serve as a short-term missionary in Cochabamba, Bolivia, through the SIM Launch program for summer interns. My heart was softened and burdened for the many Quechua people who are still unreached and currently do not have the opportunity to know our Savior. Currently, in Bolivia, there is a huge movement among the rural Quechua communities to move closer to the major cities. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce Christ!
God’s faithfulness and goodness were so evident throughout my time in Bolivia along with the months and even years leading up to this summer. I have learned so much this summer and God has definitely been working in my heart in amazing and unexpected ways. In serving cross-culturally, I realized that I have much to learn and little to teach. Servanthood is both a challenge and a burden that, by the grace of God, we must fully embody to effectively minister the gospel of Christ cross-culturally. Two of the lessons that God taught me this summer were:
1) God’s timing is perfect and the waiting is worth it.
2) that God’s grace is sufficient and His power is most evident in our weakness. It is often when we feel unworthy, inadequate, or under-qualified that we must choose to fully rely on God to accomplish what He has called us to do.