By Karli, a WEC Trekker at Betel UK
With officially one week into the trip I still feel as though I just got here, but also as if I have lived here forever. Hopping in the car as a passenger on the left hand side is no longer foreign, and I have quickly adjusted to drinking tea at least 3 times a day (no complaints there).
There is no doubt that God is at work here. In the short time I have been here I have heard stories of men and women close to death who have been awakened by the Holy Spirit.
This past week I had the opportunity to attend one of the small groups that meet on Tuesday evenings. For those of you attend small groups, yours are probably comprised mainly of other Christians. Here I am in a group of several men and women who have either just accepted Christ as Savior or are not saved yet. This past week we studied Jesus’ birth, and Mary and Joseph’s faith. Our discussion revolved mainly around our demonstrating trust in God by being willing to risk as much of our lives as Mary and Joseph did theirs.
The men and women who come into Betel are coming off of alcohol and drugs. Many of their family and friends despised and rejected them when they turned to Jesus and dedicated their lives to Him. Much like Mary and Joseph, they risked their relationships with people in order to devote their lives to God. Luke 9:23-26 sums this up well:
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
Consider this yourselves. What things are holding you back from complete trust and faithfulness to God?