1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Past two months were filled with blessings and good reminders from God that I have received so much from Him. I had a wonderful time while I was in Korea in September. I finally got to see my dear grandmothers. Their eyes were filled with tears. They kept saying how much they have been praying for me and they trust God will do His work through me for His Kingdom. I also spent time with my parents who visited Korea at the same time as me. I shared my times in Nicaragua and many abundant blessings that I received from me.
My dad reminded me to have no doubt. Since God has been providing just enough for us, He will continue to provide things that are needed for me to glorify Him. My dad’s assurance truly comforted and encouraged me to dig into my work and challenges again in Nicaragua.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
God allowed me to rest while I was in Korea. He helped me to reflect on the work that He did through me and through others.
When I came back to Nicaragua, I found myself that I was desperate for quietness. So He did lead me quiet waters. Through devotions, He helped me to meditate and gave me a strong desire to participate in His work for His people.
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake
Last week, I flew to Guatemala to attend another cohort trip with young adult missioners from Central America and attend Synergy Conference. During the cohort trip, we went to this beautiful place called Panajachel. We learned about the indigenous communities in that area and we shared our stories and ministries. But most importantly, for three days, we read Psalm 23 for every devotion. Boring? No. Every moment that I read this passage God refreshed my soul and my mind. What a great reminder on how blessed I am! I cannot imagine myself being in Nicaragua and other parts in Central America without His providence.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I will be around Nicaragua this November to collect surveys and interview our beneficiaries for our coming up evaluation with CCDH (Christian Center for Human Rights). I will be visiting Houses of Justices in Nicaragua by myself via public transportation like what they call 'microbus' and 'chicken buses.' Even my friends in Nicaragua ensured me to be careful throughout my trip using public transportation and some of them even asked me, "aren't you scared to take those buses?" My immediate response to their comments and questions was "Don't worry. I will be fine. God is with me." As a daughter of Christ, I believe that He will neither abandon nor put His daughter to an unsafe place. Without this bold belief, I don't think I can do anything. This belief definitely helped me to keep going in Nicaragua.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
I am currently attending a conference called Synergy. It is an international conference where it unites leaders, urban missiologists, anthropologists, pastors, practitioners, business leaders, politicians, missionaries, students, and neighbors gathered to have a dialogue on Health, Education, and Justice. Through different learning sessions on various topics and through networking with people from all over the world with Christ-centered hearts, it was amazing to see how God prepare a table before our enemies. How He allowed us to be connected to build a stronger foundation for His Kingdom. I just feel so blessed to be here to meet these amazing people of God.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Through this opportunity that I have received, I believe that God will continue to guide me and lead me to a place where I could boldly say His Name. God will not let me down. He lifts me up when I am down and He brings me down when I am up. Together with His providence, I am excited to see how He is going to use me for the rest of my time in Nicaragua.