The skies were sunny amid a light warm breeze as we disembarked our cruise ship. At port in Roatan we caught a cab to the West End beach. Our driver was very friendly and shared with us how many believers were on the island in various churches. As we drove by the small houses most Americans would consider shacks, our driver expressed his gratefulness for being able to live in a tropical paradise. He had a six month old baby girl and life was good because God is a loving merciful God.
The next day our ship stopped at Belize where we took a driving tour around the capital city. Our driver and tour guide was also a believer with a young son, of whom he was very proud. We drove by some large expensive houses, he pointed out one saying, “He even put carpet on the walls surrounding his house.” However, most of the houses were very modest. In a very unusual side trip after touring the historic old church, the High Court buildings, and many schools, we drove across the Old Belize river into the poor section of town. Our driver shared about the difficulty and poverty these people experience. He also shared how he was an Evangelist reaching out to those who have no knowledge of Jesus and are in great need. His goal is to reach one wayward child every month. What we heard and saw was a young man who was shining the light of God’s love in his poorest community.
For those who have never seen “the third world”, it can be a shock, but these people are those whom Yeshua embraced, even lepers who for valid reasons were separated, Yeshua touched with love and compassion. Once again our path had crossed upon a believer with whom we could honor and fellowship. God in His Sovereignty organizes things in great detail and perfect timing.
The Bible gives an amazing account of God sending Peter to meet with Cornelius. “One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it, Lord?’ he asked. The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.’ …About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. …While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.’ Peter went down and said to the men, ‘I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?’ …He said to them: ‘You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.’ …Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. …All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’ While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.” (Acts 10: 3-5, 9, 19-21, 28, 34-35, 43-44). The God of the Bible still orchestrates the joining and movement of His people with those who are reaching out to Him. Listen to the Holy Spirit and see how He will direct your steps.