From John 13: He (Jesus) poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him . . . “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Sometimes I have a hard time hearing God’s voice and discerning his will. But last October He spoke to me loud and clear. You’re going to Romania to serve my children! I won a mission trip to Romania through ACF on WDLM radio! I’m not so sure “won” is the right word. More like, “You’re appointed and anointed.” I didn’t know why really; there’s nothing extraordinary about me. But then the Bible records the stories of many ordinary people whom God used for his purposes. The common attributes they all possessed were humility and a strong desire to obey God.
And so I prayed for those attributes while preparing to go. I had no grand ideas about the great things God could do through me, but prayed to be surrendered enough that He could do at least a little thing. The thing is, only God knows the full impact the mission work of ACF, Buckner Romania and their volunteers and supporters will have in His kingdom. And we’re not supposed to know. For us it’s like looking at the world through a knothole in a fence. There’s only so much we can see. But God doesn’t have that same restriction. He sees how it all turns out! So all we have to do is surrender, obey, and trust!
On our mission trip I had the privilege of showering the kids with love and affection. I also joyfully led the craft project at Point of Hope and had the privilege of placing new shoes on their feet. To accomplish all those tasks I was literally called to my knees. Little tables, little chairs, little people! And in that posture, I was reminded of John 13 where Jesus was in this same humble position, kneeling to wash his disciples’ feet. In verse 13 Jesus tells us to do the same.
I know that in Romania God called me to my knees both literally and spiritually; to be humble before God and humble before his precious children. I looked into those children’s eyes. That was hard at times, but I had an awesome experience in Romania. I may never know the full impact of what God did on that trip, but I hope the kids saw the love of Jesus in my eyes. I know I saw Him in theirs!
I spent most of each day at Point of Hope with a lump in my throat and that lump is back as I write this! I’ve never been witness to such poverty. I felt their burdens. Yet they are happy children! They are so happy to be there! That’s why I am blown away by the work God is doing through ACF and Buckner Romania and their faithful servants and supporters. Children’s destinies are being changed. Families have a hope for the future. But there is still so much more to do! So remember Paul’s words recorded in Galatians 6:2, 9: Bear one another’s burdens and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary Written by Dawn Cook