In Amazon, there are two seasons: wet and dry. At once covered by rainwater that hides the land and trees underneath it, a lush land teeming with life characterizes the dry season. It is as if the Garden of Eden is waiting to bloom from underneath this rainstorm season. During my missions trip to the Amazon last July, this landscape was a timely metaphor for how God invited my team and me to his work.
When my team met with Missionary Kang in July, I was expecting to do groundbreaking work that was intensive and difficult. Rather, I was met with a surprising request to rest. Rest, work, teach, teach some more. That’s how many days were spent in the Amazon—a disjunction from my expectation to do “more intensive” work. The team circulated around various villages of the Ticuna tribe with the deforestation lessons we had devised for the schools. Although not a physically strenuous task, teaching required a large dose of humility as I reluctantly put faith in God amidst the uncertainty of our teaching context and population. On some days, we were expected to teach 100 students and on some days, 40 students. The numbers fluctuated and so did our weather conditions.
When people ask what the short term missions trip was like, what I can testify to is how God was there by us as we crossed into each village by boat, cradling our colored pencils, lesson plans, and pencils. No matter how prepared we felt, the surprises we were often met with made prayer an absolutely crucial aspect of our work. Although I cannot exact how many people got saved, I know this for sure: that God is working throughout the wet season to let his will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). God’s plan is abounding with life underneath it all.