I’ve had a wonderful experience. When I was a young missionary in Huancayo, Peru I worked with many children teaching them God’s Word. One of those children was Jeanet. The family moved to Lima and we had to part ways.
Yesterday, more than forty years later, we met again!
Some time ago she had “found” me through one of my blogs or Facebook. She was overjoyed and was hoping that I would come to Lima so we could meet in person. And today we met! Jeanet came to see me. If ever there was a bear-hug, that’s what we gave each other.
Jeanet tells me that when she left for Lima I told her that whenever she had rough times in her life she should remember Psalm 23. That has been a source of comfort for her. When life turned hard she looked to find me, but by then I had left Peru. She never forgot this Sunday School teacher of hers. How humbled and privileged that makes me feel!
I asked Jeanet why I was so important to her. It’s because I planted the seed of God’s love in her heart.
Jeanet helped me prepare hearts with a mustard seed, which I use as an object lesson to show that even the tiniest little seed can bear abundant fruit. While Jeanet and I were talking and preparing the hearts, Cristina my assistant was practicing some new skill in Photoshop, coloring a picture done by her uncle, one of my first Sunday School boys from those years back when I first met Jeanet. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for allowing me to be a part of His Ministry!
I would like to encourage anybody who is planting seeds of God’s love. Be faithful! Be consistent! Don’t give up! A veteran missionary, who also worked in Peru, said in one of her books that you can be tired “in” the work, but never be tired “of” the work. Yes, we get tired, and sometimes discouraged, but let’s not give up.
I have some very busy years ahead of me. I’ll be working simultaneously with Spanish and English curriculum to be published on the web, for free download. I’ve promised the Lord to do whatever he asks of me, and this is something he has asked me to do. I believe firmly that he will guide me every step of the way.
Jeanet came back into my life to encourage me not to give up. She is a testimony of what God has asked me to do—to plant seeds of his love!
Cristina speaks to me about a new generation of workers in God’s Vineyard. The work of the Lord always moves forward. He calls! He prepares! He guides! He supplies!
May there also be “Jeanets” in your life—boys and girls, young people, adults, elderly—in whose hearts you can plant a seed of God’s love.