A hunger from within.
Greetings from Lima Peru!
I have a lot to write about in regards to the past week and I do not know how to piece it all together in fancy wording, but I hope it inspires you and causes you to share with others the love Jesus has for you, me and every human sucking air off the planet both good and evil.
I arrived last Saturday night at 1 am. I stayed up chatting with my friend Adam for about an hour, and then went to sleep so I could wake up early for Church. The services at this particular campus were at 9, 10:30 and 12:00. I attended the first 2 one in English, and one in Spanish. After those services I ventured off into a nearby shopping plaza/mall where I found a star bucks. I wasted no time opening my bag grabbing my bible and throwing on some worship music. I began to study the Word and observe the events around me, after a few hours I went back home took a nap and attended the evening service at 7:30.
I didn’t really do a whole lot on Monday except go to the mall get some minutes on my phone and exchange some US dollars for Peruvian Solace.
Tuesday I went with my friend Adam to “Johnny’s house” Johnny is a 12 year old boy who used to live in a dirt house with fabric for the windows and cardboard as carpet with no bed. He has a medical condition of some kind, (I am not sure what it’s called) apparently his blood cells attack each other keeping his brain from growing properly and functioning the way it should. As a result he’s unable to talk and has constant sporadic movements throughout the left side of his body. The good news is now he is living in a smaller house with an actual roof! Its two small bedrooms a bathroom and a kitchen with actual beds, I had the incredible opportunity to pray for him and his family and I will see him again before my trip is over.
I do not have time to write day by day but I would like to write a little bit about what God is stirring in my heart regarding the trip so far.
Peru is a 3rd world country, and It consists of the people groups that you can find in any country Rich, Middle class, poor and poverty. Though there are enough resources in the earth to enable every single human to live above their means without lack, each country still has the 4 groups and a whole lot more issues. I do not wish to talk about ending poverty because I believe it’s impossible to end poverty in fact in Matthew 26:11 Jesus says the poor you will have with you always, but Me you will not have with you always. I do not want to bring about a debate in ending poverty or world hunger but I do want to talk about something I believe all 4 of these groups have in common and that is this. They are still hungry or in some cases starving but for what you might ask? Their starving and hungry for God! All of humanity is hungry for God, and we are left starving no matter what we try to do. We go to Church and say the pastor’s preaching isn’t feeding me, or one religion fights another’s statement of faith while some religions don’t even believe in God, yet people are left hungry or in some cases starving for God and often find themselves in what seems to be a relentless pursuit of failure. We should not find it shocking that people are hungry. You eat 3 times a day and your body notices when you skip a meal. Well your spirit notices when it’s not getting fed to, and when you’re hungry you got to eat. Without food one will eventually perish or lose the desire for hunger altogether.
I think the reason we’re hungry is because we are eating and drinking from each other’s sources rather than the only source that is capable of satisfying our hunger. Were humans and the last time I checked no human is able of producing food or drink capable of satisfying your spirit. In John 4 Jesus says something very profound to the women at the well that still applies today Vs 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” and in John 6:35 Jesus says “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. Beloved the food we try to feed each other is not better than the food King Jesus wants to serve us, so why are we continuing to starve ourselves when Jesus has a plate for you waiting for you to feast.
I began to think about this because I see so many hungry people over here starving spiritually and there are not enough Churches in the world to deal with the hunger. So I began to think about it and cry, because the reality is all over the world there will never be enough Churches to deal with the amount of people. But there is enough people to deal with the hunger. I began to think to myself what if we got singers and worshipers in houses all over Peru and had millions of Churches everywhere? What if we stopped waiting for someone to finish a 2 3 4 5 6 10 year degree to come along and fit our theology and we just began to have meetings about Jesus? You don’t need a man with a degree to teach you about Jesus, all you need is a hunger for Him and He promises to feed you Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled!
I want to say thank you for everyone who continues to pray for me. The Lord is at work over here in Peru, and I am excited for the remaining days ahead.
Father, I thank for you Jesus! I thank for every person who hungers and thirst for righteousness and I thank you that every time we get hungry you promise to feed us with what our spirit longs for. I ask our eyes would be opened to Jesus and only Jesus guide us Lord we need your direction not mans in Jesus name Amen.