It really has not sunk in yet. It has been a year since my Leadership Development Institute (LDI) Training. Facebook algorithm has been on-point in showing me throwback photos from that month-long, once-in-a-lifetime discipleship training. This year’s LDI schedule also prompted me of how the year went by so fast.
One of my major take-aways from the training was the Re-entry Plan, a three-year guide that we, the trainees, have personally and prayerfully committed to prior disembarkation to our designated ministry areas. The Re-entry Plan is intended to help us track and evaluate ministry progress with the vision of Christ in mind. But the motives behind it is really to fervently pray, plan, prepare and practice by faith our daily walk in the Lord in light of the Great Commission.
My mind was blown away. I mean, not to invalidate any feelings of hurt but, what should I complain about, right? These people look unto God and see Him as a God of miracles and as a God who said that we should pray for our enemies and those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). These people look unto God despite all the brutal things they are going through because of their faith.
But along the way, the words and promises of God has taught me many things about Jesus including how He responded to the hurtful/undeserving things said/done against Him.
If you have been wrongly accused of because of your faith in God or have been made fun of because of your desire to follow Jesus, I have listed down four things for you — two things here and another two in my next blog post. God reminds me of these things whenever I get into that kind of situation. I hope this also encourages you in Christ.
He so loved us that He gave His one and only Son — promising us that whoever believes and receives Him, not just as Savior but as Lord of his or her life, has indeed eternal life.
It is still clear to me how I met you for the first time, how we had that first conversation about the gospel, and how we had our first Bible study date ever. Since then, God allowed many unforgettable moments in our relationship as friends but more importantly as family.