Friday afternoon we went to visit Marcelina and Braulio with 3 group members here from the States. We spent some time helping them with their telephone, but then Tita asked Gerardo, a pastor who works with us regularly, to share something from the Bible with the rest of us. He shared from Psalm 37:4 which says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I can’t remember exactly what he said, but he was talking about how difficult it can be doing the work of God sometimes and about how easy it is to forgot to delight ourselves in Him in the midst of daily tasks. It was a really encouraging word.
We continued talking for a little bit longer and then one of the 5 Guatemalans among us turned to me and asked me to translate for the Americans…which at first I thought strange because I had been translating all along. This man proceeded share about how it had been difficult for him to work among “gringos” since his brother disappeared several years ago trying to pursue the “American dream.” But then he thanked us and said that he could now see that there are “gringos” doing more for his country than his own people. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
And we were all left speechless…overwhelmed by his honesty and the moment. We spent some more time in prayer, and I felt like this moment was way bigger than the 9 people sitting in this tiny house at the bottom of the ravine. I can’t exactly explain that to you, but it was really powerful. And in that house, we the 4 Americans washed the feet of each of the Guatemalans and asked for forgiveness on behalf of “gringos”, not only from the man who had spoken but from each one.
To be honest, trying to put all this into words seems to cheapen the moment. Tears abounded. The presence of God was overwhelming. It was really really incredible and powerful. I’m just in awe….