After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. (John 13:12-17 NLT)
Here’s a Christmas story that’s very dear to my heart. I was blessed recently to participate in a weekend missions trip to the outskirts of Maneadero, Baja, Mexico, just a short drive from Ensenda. Eighty percent of what was given was clothes and items from my mom’s “collection.” This is what she wanted. To give until it hurts. That’s why she hoarded, at least a good part of the reason, so she could bring joy to others by giving whatever she had from her “stock.”
Aside from the material gifts, Jesus love was also delivered to more than 70 homes. Read more about the story in the article I wrote below.
How Jesus’ Servant Heart, Humble Love Came to Oaxacan Migrant Farm Workers Through Clean Feet
MANEADERO, Mexico – Just under a two-hour drive south of the Tijuana, Mexico border, Christmas gifts and a strong message that Jesus came to serve the poor, were delivered by a group of Christians on a recent weekend missions trip that included washing the feet of Oaxacan migrant farm workers living in sparse homes inside a colonia.
In the missionary center known as Aqua Viva (Living Water) located on farmland on the outskirts of the town of Maneadero and adjacent to the community of Oaxacan people, members of the group scrambled to gather designated bags of goodies, including backpacks, first aid kits, clothes, and shoes, with quantities determined by a list of family members living in each house. Then, they broke up into clusters of two and three people and went door-to-door, walking on the roads of wet and dried mud with gifts in hand and a servant’s heart.
The message of the five ministry groups, including Genesis Diez, Strong Tower, Transformacion Mundial, and Horizonte Rosarito, was more than simply blessing the poor families with material gifts; they came to illustrate the serving heart that Jesus displayed on the night he washed the feet of the disciples.
“We feel it is so very important to be relational with those Jesus has called us to serve. To be a warm light for Christ through action and word,” Greg Amstutz, president of Genesis Diez Ministry, told The Christian Post. “To enter into their humble home as a guest is a privilege.”
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Take time to celebrate the One who gave His all for us.
Jesus is the reason for more than just this season!
Love in Christ,