Why I Believe – Reason Number 8

I do not even pretend to know everything about God and how He works. I am surprised sometimes with the things that have happened in my own life, despite my own limitations and failings. I have had my own share of questions of faith, times of doubt, and then also days like today, which go beyond any human explanation.

For the next week I am leading a team of youth and young adults on a trip to build homes in the Dominican Republic. We have youth from Hamilton and Cape Breton with us and it all kicks off in the morning. My son and I came down a few days early to prepare.

A while ago, I started writing posts about why I have faith. Some people think there is no proof that God is real and that Christians only believe because someone has told them to. That has never been my experience, nor it the experience of billions of others.
 This is another reason I believe. Here are two stories that turned into one today.

Today a young mother, and her family, living in the Dominican Republic were praying that God would provide a miracle for them. The young mom had a serious injury which needed medical care but they had no means to get help. All they could do was pray.

For many years our church and youth group have been sponsoring children and teens from the Dominican Republic. My family, and some church members, have had the opportunity to visit these kids almost every year when we travel there with our short term mission teams.

A few months ago we found out one of the sites where two of our kids were being cared for was closed down and they would no longer be sponsored. We were quite sad as they have been a big part of our lives for years. We regularly take time to talk and pray for them as a youth group, church, and personally.

Next week we are going to be meeting our new sponsored kids, and some of the older ones we still sponsor. We had even tried to find out if there was any way to connect with our kids we had lost as well, be we exhausted every way with no success.

However, something happened a little out of the ordinary. Today I woke up and I had an idea. It didn’t even seem like a good one either, which is normal when it comes to ideas I have. I decided to rent a motorbike and drive towards where I knew our former sponsored kids lived. I didn’t know exactly where it was but it was somewhere between thirty and sixty minutes down the coast in the forest. Also, to make it a bit more of a challenge I do not speak Spanish.

I drove way beyond where it could possibly be and turned around to come back. I was searching for a church / school which are no longer in use, and I never did find them. However, as I was driving I saw a road into the woods. One of many I had passed.

This could have been the beginning of bad horror movie, but I walked to one of these kids houses years earlier through a small dirt road. I had no idea where I was going, if it was the right place, but I drove into the woods. 

As I was driving up a small mountain I am wondering will I die today, be robbed, or how crazy is this?

I past a few little homes on the way up. The first person I see is the reason all of this happened. Sitting on the side of this road, right where I am driving, is our former sponsored girl, with her family.

It was these same people, who today were praying for a miracle. They had a need they could not meet. Once there I saw the worst wound I have ever seen in person. Things are now in process to get her medical care, and nurse Shirley (my wife) will be visiting her in a few days.

Last week I was sharing about something I felt God was saying to me. What was going through my mind, were the words of the song, ‘You Make me Brave’. Even today as I was driving it was going through my head over and over again, which I understand so much better now.

Being brave simply means having the courage to follow what God puts on your heart to do. It may seem absolutely crazy, but when are brave you can become the answer to someone’s prayer.

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You make me brave

You make me brave

You call me out beyond the shore into the waves

You make me brave

You make me brave

No fear can hinder now the Love that made a way

GB1-2-4

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