For the past month or so during church staff meetings, I have been lifting up the church in Matamoros, and Pastor Roberto, and Ignacio, and Inez, and "the other guy" whose name ALWAYS escapes me. They have been on my mind. They all made such a significant impact on me over the last 3 summers during week-long trips to the Methodist churches just south of the Brownsville border. We ventured there through a program called Partners In Mission. The last 2 years, our focus has been helping to build a new church for Pastor Roberto's congregation.
I have worked harder in Matamoros than anywhere else I can think of. But my goodness, God's blessings there are so rich. The people are so gracious. The experiences were profound. It's no wonder they are so clear in my memory right here, right now.
We are renovating our fellowship hall at church. Because of that, we have chairs and tables we no longer need and Tricia, one of our staff members, thought of the church in Matamoros. Her husband, Nick, went on the work trips with our group the last 2 years. He also has a soft spot for the brothers and sisters there. He offered to drive the chairs and tables down in his truck and flat bed trailer (it's about an 8 hour trip) and I quickly offered to go along for the ride. I have been longing to make a visit to Matamoros again!
I sent Pastor Roberto an email inquiring about their need for the tables and chairs. Here is his glorious reply, which filled my heart with so much joy:
COME DOWN, I CAN'T WAIT FOR TO SEE YOU. PLEASE SAID TO NICK THAT HE HAVE TO COME. I WILL WANTED THAT YOU CAN TO VISIT THE PROGRESS IN MY CHURCH BUILDING. BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL. ROBERTO.
"Come down!" What a wonderful invitation. "I can't wait for to see you." My sentiments exactly! "I will wanted that you can visit the progress in my church building." The progress is slow-going, but our church has had a hand in it and so I am anxious to see what God is accomplishing through the hands of others like us.
I might add that his email arrived at a time when I needed some encouragement. In fact, I heard several pieces of encouraging news that day. It was if God was saying, "Oh, and here's this ... and this ... and this."
My spirit has been a little on the dry side lately. I'm working on it. God is working on it. And I am invigorated by those two simple words: Come down!