Caitlin (USA) is humbled that joining the OM team in Madagascar has encouraged them in their work to carry the name of Jesus to others.
Caitlin, a university student from Texas (USA), is spending a semester interning in communications with OM in Madagascar. From August - November, she’ll capture what God is doing through OM on this island off the coast of southeast Africa. The following is the third in a series, written by Caitlin, in which she shares her insights about what it’s like to serve on this diverse and exciting mission field.
When I was a little girl, I learned a song called "Jesus Loves Me". The words go like this: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong ... followed by a series of "Yes, Jesus loves me!"
As many times as I've heard this simple song, I've never realised the profundity of the phrase "they are weak but He is strong". There's nothing like experiencing a new culture to make you realize how weak humankind is. We're all vulnerable, broken and completely dependent on the grace of God. Some countries in our world are more developed—they're cleaner, maybe even safer, yet the people in our world are all the same: weak.
This probably sounds like a very negative thing to say. But the reality is that none of us has anything valuable to offer this broken world apart from the strength of Jesus. His strength is what runs in our veins, fills our lungs, and gives us the ability to live and love effectively.
One new friend here in Madagascar said, 'Just your being here gives me strength to carry on in ministry, because I know that someone across the world cares.'
I’ve been in Antananarivo, Madagascar, for only one week, and several times already I've been approached by fellow believers telling me that my presence here has encouraged them. One new friend here in Madagascar said, "Just your being here gives me strength to carry on in ministry, because I know that someone across the world cares."
I'm humbled that in the same way Jesus encouraged me to come to Madagascar, my presence here has also encouraged someone to do what is difficult—carry the name of Jesus to the unreached.
All this is to say that I am weak, but He is strong. We often pray for God to raise up workers to go into the mission field; I would urge you today to be willing to be the answer to that prayer. God is ready to use weak vessels, with lots of cracks and holes, so that His strength will shine through to the nations.