Trinidad, God, and MeBy
I just returned home from 8 days in Trinidad. Trinidad is the southernmost island in the Caribbean and is only about 7 miles from Venezuela.
As a part of a team of eighteen, we ministered to the people of Trinidad and they ministered to us. I wish I could have taken you all with me and you could have experienced these beautiful, loving people whose hearts were wide-open to God and our team
We saw the hand of God in miraculous power. The highlight of the trip for me was ministering to a young Trini woman who had no hearing in her left ear. She lost her hearing at age 2 because of repeated ear infections and the doctors told her she’d never hear again in that ear. They also told her that parts of her inner ear were “decayed” and just not there anymore. It’d be great if I could tell you that I was filled with faith as I prayed for her. I wasn’t. But I felt impressed to pray that God would perform a creative miracle in her ear and make it just as if it were brand new. In less than a minute, she began to cry and tell me that she could hear. I wish you could have seen the smile on her face at that moment!
I just stood there, wide-eyed, and amazed at God and rejoicing for this lovely young woman. I also was amazed at how over and over again God touched, healed, and encouraged the Trinis and encouraged me. I was reminded of just how big our God is and the power of asking and receiving.
I must say I am beyond dog-tired. If you think an American church service can be lengthy at times, you should try one in Trinidad. The night time services were 5-6 hours long, yes, you heard me right. On Sunday, we got to church at 10 and didn’t leave until almost 9 that night. I got in touch with the limitedness of my “earthen vessel” (2 Corinthians 4:7). And yet, it’s a good weariness.
We ate shark sandwiches, other local foods, and some of us (ah, not me) ate iguana. By the end of the trip, we were pretty happy campers to find Pizza Hut is on the island!
In Ephesians 1:18 tells us that there is an inheritance in the saints and I know I received some of my inheritance that is in the Trini people. I am richer for having been.
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