A few months ago when I felt the tugging on my heart to leave everything behind, I sat down with my journal and asked a simple question, “God, what do you want us to do?”
I felt a still small voice respond with a list of seemingly unassuming commands. Among them were:
- Make lots of friends.
- Bring hope and joy.
We were sent to a place where we knew no one. Yauco, Puerto Rico. By the time we left we had family.
In John 13:35 Jesus tells His disciples, “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Love is the evidence of the Gospel, and without it we can’t expect the world to believe us.
I write this to you right now, from another distant location, this time in the Dominican Republic, where we also knew no one but are now busy building family. This is our journey. This is our mission.
The Lord is using us to restore relationships. To reach the hurting and the broken. To touch the hearts of His people. Sometimes He does it through the music we write, other times through the conversations we have with new friends, and even more often through the light that our children carry. Not a moment is wasted.
We are almost half way through our journey, and I can’t say that it has been easy, but we have pressed forward in the face of disappointment and discouragement. We have poured everything we have into this mission. Our time, our comfort, our finances. Up until this point we have been almost completely self-funded, but our resources are running thin and we need the help of our friends and family to continue on.
In a few weeks we will be back in Chicago for a short stay before we head out to Mexico. After that is Brazil, San Antonio, and then Bethel Church in Redding, California where Damaris will be taking a two-week intensive worship course along with other students from all over the world.
Please consider supporting our ministry. With your help we can keep strengthening communities around the globe.
Carlos, Damaris, Liliana, and Cecilia Arteaga.