Missionaries Without Boundaries /  Stephen Lloyd-Jones – July 2012
16
Jul
2012

To all those whom are not present in body, but are with us in the spirit.

Well, I’ve been here 145 days now. Whoa, I’ve been here 145 days now! Anyway, things in the school are going…Scratch that. Things in the school are getting better. 🙂

So, after David and Mariah got settled in, as settled in as you get on the mission field anyway, we started going out about once a week, following Nathan around and visiting families. We’d talk some, ask a few questions, get to know a little about them and their families, and then we would usually share something from the Bible with them…

To all those whom are not present in body, but are with us in the spirit.

Well, I’ve been here 145 days now. Whoa, I’ve been here 145 days now! Anyway, things in the school are going…Scratch that. Things in the school are getting better. 🙂

So, after David and Mariah got settled in, as settled in as you get on the mission field anyway, we started going out about once a week, following Nathan around and visiting families. We’d talk some, ask a few questions, get to know a little about them and their families, and then we would usually share something from the Bible with them.

Well, after a just a few weeks of doing this I was walking back by myself from delivering a message for Nathan, and I said a casual, “Hey, how ya doin’?” to a guy passing by on his bike. Now, keep in mind that this conversation was in Spanish and my Spanish is still rather limited, so there was a lot more fumbling with the translation, but it went something like this;

Me: “Good afternoon, how are you?”
Honduran Dude: “I’m good, how are you? ”
Me: “I’m doing well. ”
H.D: “Are you the guy who goes around and shares the Bible with people? ”
Me: “Um, yeah. I guess that’s me. ”
H.D: “And your brother is Nathan? ”
Me: “Yes, yes he is. ”
H.D: “I’ve heard about you. It’s nice meet you.”
Me: “Thanks, it’s nice meet you too. ”
H.D “lsadk fjdsaf vaevjdsv nawsj khdv
Me. “Um, my Spanish is still rather limited. ”
H.D: “Oh, okay. See you later. ”
Me: Bye!”

That’s paraphrased, in the extreme, but the point is it was really exciting to be known as the guy who shares the Bible with people. I’ve sometimes been considered a person who knows a lot about the Bible, and I’ve often been considered judgmental for the way I use the Bible, but I’ve never been known simply as someone who shares the Bible. It felt good.

dsc08017-965In other news, Nathan has given us interns a few Bible study assignments since we’ve been here, and the most recent one was for us to study how to “walk in the spirit.” I was all prepared to do an in-depth study on the fruit of the spirit and have charts and graphs showing how we know this and how we do that, but as I went through countless scriptures I just kept coming up with the same, simple two-step process. Love and serve. It seemed like no matter which book of the Bible I looked in the message was always the same; love and serve, love and serve.

Then it hit me. It says, “Walk” in the spirit. It doesn’t say endeavor, strive, or even run. It just says “walk.” That’s all walking is: a two-step process, left, right, left, right. It’s not complicated, it’s not even difficult. It’s just one step at a time, and walking in the spirit is just that. Love and serve.
As I wrapped up my study as I was reminded of the famous KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid, and I wondered is that what Paul meant when he said great one another with a holy KISS? What would the church look like if every time we saw each other we said, Keep It Simple Stupid, just love and serve.

Well, that’s all folks! Mom and Dad, I love you. Hopes, Elisha, and Patience, I miss you. Reggie, I can’t wait to see you! Paul and David, I’m really looking forward to seeing how much you’ve changed since I’ve been gone. To everyone else, I love you, and I probably wish you best. Oh, and Blaine, I’m not sure if you read this but I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all the support you’ve given me, it’s been a tremendous blessing. Thank you and God bless. – Stephen.

 
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