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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Life lesson #7 on my trip to Honduras

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
The power of unconditional love is amazing! 

While in the small church in Santa Rosa, my eyes caught a glimpse of three young girls sitting with their mothers.  Quietly and attentively they listened to each speaker and then passionately they sang when we all worshiped together.  At one point, one of the girls saw me and she smiled.  Her smile was sincere.  It was heartwarming to see such an accepting face, so without hesitation I smiled back.   

During one of the breaks, she gathered up her two friends and gradually, they made their way across the room to meet me.

Greeting them with what little Spanish I knew, they tried to carry on a conversation with me.  Fortunately for me, someone sitting close by was able to explain to the girls that I spoke very little Spanish and wouldn’t be able to communicate with them in Spanish.  At first, they smiled and walked away; but it wasn’t long and they made their way back across the room to stand by me. 

As they stood near by, they would smile.  Then they moved in a little closer and began touching my arm.  Slowly and gently, one of the girls took her little hand and brushed her hand up and down my arm and then, she would look at me and smile. Forgetting that I wasn’t able to speak Spanish, off and on, they would attempt to talk to me.  All I could do was smile or use a little sign language hoping that they would get the gist of what I was trying to communicate to them.  At one point, it became funny that we were working so hard to communicate with each other.  We all broke out laughing and then, I reached out to give them a hug and immediately, they hugged me back.  It was a sweet moment and you could tell some kind of a connection had happened between us.  

It was then, I was reminded of the power of unconditional love and the verses in I Corinthians 13:1-13.  Not only did these three girls not know me; they were also unable to build a relationship with me because of our language barrier.  However, when I reached out to hug them, willingly, they accepted my love because love never fails.

Over the next ten days, our paths would cross and when we saw each other, we would exchange a smile and a hug.  It’s as if it were yesterday, I can still see the girls at the convention in Corozal running through a crowd of several hundred women to greet me.  It was pure joy to see them and it put the biggest smile on my face. 

Stop with me for a moment and think how much greater is the love of our Heavenly Father than the love that we can offer.  Without His ultimate sacrifice of unconditional love (John 3:16), where would you and I be? 

How have you seen God’s unconditional love?

When is the last time you offered someone unconditional love?

What do you want to do with God’s unconditional love?

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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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