I too have felt this in my heart. In the slums of Manila, I have found that I want to give my short-termers on our Wipe Every Tear mission trips a little sampling of all sorts of needs in various areas and there is value to that, but I feel an emptiness as if God is saying “go and IMMERSE yourselves into a neighborhood for 3 weeks rather than 3 days”.
I am reconsidering our future trips. I see in my spirit, waking up in the morning, walking around the corner to the local sari-sari (tiny sidewalk store, bakery, restaurant) and buying some bread, sitting down with a cup of coffee (not from Starbucks) and over an hour eating my bread and just sitting with the people, building relationships over a number of days with the same people every morning.
If Jesus is IN ME, then we can just be around people and love on them and serve them and they will see Jesus!
And then I feel the pressure of “we need to go do stuff for the kingdom” and I get trapped into thinking I need programs and projects, when really all I want AND I THINK JESUS WANTS IS RELATIONSHIP. We can do both, but we need to SLOW DOWN and stay in one area longer. I’m changing things up for 2012.
Yes, this is from the Lord. “Thank you Jesus for showing us more of your heart in this dream”. Seth, thank you for showing us your heart.