This week has been a busy one. Each day I have arrived at the school to find a long list of students I needed to work with. I would arrive and almost immediately they would bring in the first student. I would spend whatever time I needed to listen to them, and then try to help them move forward in spite of the problems that were affecting them.
Normally, at some time during the morning someone would bring me a cup of fruit juice of some sort and an arepa. I would work the entire morning without a break in an effort to care for as many young people as I could. I normally would finish up and leave the school about 12:30 or 1 in the afternoon. Most days I would have an invitation for lunch with one of the families from the church and so would head there for lunch and a visit.
By mid-afternoon I would head back out to the farm (the church camp). While we have stopped all work on the second cabin for lack of funds, we must do some maintenance work to keep things up, so often there is a worker there trimming hedges or clearing weeds or something of that nature. I would normally check out the work and make sure I gave him instructions for the next day as most mornings I would leave before he would arrived. If any materials were needed I would get the list and plan on buying them the next day after school to take out to the camp. Once I was done with the worker I would then start office work, such as writing lesson plans for our leadership institute or preparing to teach this fall at Kentucky Christian University as missionary in residence.
Then I normally turn in early as I need to be up by 4:30 in the morning so as to make it to school by 6AM when classes start. This all makes for a very busy week. But my week never ends there. On Saturday I visit Christians living in nearby towns or families in the church. On Saturday afternoon if I am in town and do not have other commitments I help out with the church plant in the shantytown on the outskirts of Villavicencio. Some days I will have appointments with individuals or families from the school or church and so am in my office. Then on Sunday morning it is up early again and off the church building for the 7AM beginning of our leadership institute. Some days I remain in Villavo for church or to preach or teach, and on other days I take off to visit one of the villages churches for that Sunday.
Paul tells up to “Make the most of your time, for the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16) and so each one of us works and makes the most of whatever time the Lord has given us here on this earth. Again he tells us in the book of Hebrews that we do not worry about taking time to rest, for there is yet a rest awaiting the people of God (Hebrews 4:9). As a result, those of us who are in ministry “work while it is day for the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). But do not think this is tiring or a drudgery. The Lord’s work is fun and exciting, and no one seems to worry about resting when they are having fun! So let us work for the Lord and have a great time in so doing.
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