We left Lima last night at 11:45pm and arrived at Dallas Airport at 6:30am this morning. We are currently sitting at the Dept Gate waiting to board an internal flight to New York JFK where we will hopefully get our flight back to Dublin later this evening, arriving in Dublin tomorrow morning.
All this sitting around, people watching, has given me a lot of time to reflect on the happenings of the last two weeks. Firstly, I want to say how proud I am of the team. I know that pride is a sin, and if I am sinning then I am sorry. When I think about what they achieved and how they have grown in the last fortnight I can do nothing but sit and smile and thank God for every one of them.
Secondly, when I think about the people who we met and how open they are to receiving the Gospel message, I feel encouraged to know that God is still very much in people's minds and the search for inner peace continues. However, when I think about home, and though we live in a 'free' society, I can't help but wonder why it is so difficult to share one's faith with everyone we meet. A lot of prayer needed for that one!
Thirdly, when I think of our host church and minister, I rejoice at how passionate Rev. Anderson is about sharing the Gospel Message with everyone. He never seems to miss an opportunity. May God forgive me for every opportunity that I miss and help me never to miss another.
Anyhow, soon be ready to board, so just sharing the thoughts of a rambling Rector. I guess what I am trying to say is we have a lot to be thankful for, and need to do a lot of repenting for what we take for granted. To finish, the words of the Caleb prayer, which Ruth prayed the other morning; I pray this for both Peru and Ireland, both North and South. 'O high King of Heaven, have mercy on our land, revive you Church, send your Holy Spirit for the sake of the Children, In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel home, and also continue to pray for an out pouring of the Holy Spirit like has never been seen before in our generation!