Food for thought…the gift

My dear friend Gail wrote this, it blessed me, I hope it blesses you 🙂

The Gift
I love going on mission trips!  Often times I am more blessed than the people I am suppose to be blessing.   A few examples come to mind.  In Ethiopia this last November, I was in charge of pharmacy and I got to work with seven amazing young Ethiopian pharmacists.  Because we were all serving God, the pharmacy ran itself.  We filled almost 12,000 prescriptions in just 5 days at the clinic.  One of the pharmacists always wore a bright orange scarf with the Ethiopia national soccer team insignia stamped on it.  It was beautiful and I told him so.  He took off the scarf and gave it to me.  I was honored and humbled.  He was not rich and he loved the scarf, but gave he it to me.  I wore that scarf for the rest of the week and continue to wear it at home.



Last June I went to the Dominican Republic on another mission trip with SCORE International.  We went to a poor village.  We played with the beautiful children.  We also passed out food to the village families.   We chatted with the parents and grandparents.  I particularly loved one grandmother whose name was Pascuala.  She wore a bright pink and blue shirt with beautiful periwinkle colored earrings.  I told her in Spanish how beautiful her earrings were and she wanted to give them to me.  I thanked her but declined her generous offer.  I found out later that Pascuala had not eaten food for two days yet she would willingly gift me her lovely earrings.  Again I was honored and humbled.

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Perhaps my greatest memory was on my first trip to Ethiopia in 2011.  On our last day of the medical clinic, we went to the Sodu prison.  When we got there, we found many children.  The prison warden told us that in Ethiopia, when a parent goes to jail, the children go to jail with their parent.  One of my team members had brought an Army duffle bag full of toys.  At the end of the clinic, we went to the women’s section of the prison.  The warden had the children all gather around and we passed out the toys to the children.  It was like Christmas.  Two little girls each received a little doll.  They were so happy.  I have a picture of them.  It is one that I will forever cherish.  Again I was honored and humbled.

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In October 2012, I went to El Salvador.  We went to a volcano for lunch.  I had a beautiful view of a lake and the mountains.  What a beautiful gift to see the view of the lake and the mountains.  I was so honored and humbled again that the God of the universe would pick me to serve Him in this beautiful place.  I took a picture and added the words of John 3:16 to depict God’s greatest gift of salvation.

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John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   The greatest gift though comes from God alone.  Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” The greatest gift is salvation that we receive by grace not works.   We should all be honored and humbled that the God of the universe cared enough for each of us that he would send his son to die for each of our sins so that we could spend eternity with if we only accept His free gift.
There is a Leo Buscaglia saying, “You talent is God’s gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God.”   Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Once we are saved we are to use our gifts to glorify God.
I hope you have accepted God’s gift of salvation.  If you are saved, I hope you are using your gifts to glorify God.


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  1. Mary Lee says:

    Gail -Thanks for sharing your special moments on your mission trips – they really blessed me!