«Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven» (Matthew 5:16).
Everything was new for us. For the first time, we were taking an excursion to the lands of the Alto Conte in Costa Rica, wanting to take the good news of the eternal gospel. It was February 2017. There were twenty of us Adventist missionaries and one non-Adventist guest who wanted to work as a volunteer with us. We finally arrived at the Guaymies’ indigenous reservation after ten hours of traveling that could not prevent us from being alert and one hundred percent ready.
As we entered the reservation, we ventured to cross four crystal-clear rivers; we saw wonderful trees and clay roads traveled by people with multicolored clothing. However, despite the fascinating and exotic scenery, the task of evangelization was not as special as we had wanted. We did not feel that our presence had been well received beyond the medical and dental services we had given and the material donations we took with us. The rejection was clear, but clearer still was our desire to make the light of Christ shine. night, when we finished our hard work, we asked ourselves what impact we had had on the minds of those people. Would they be content just for having received «the loaves and the fish,» or would a desire to know the God of the Bible be born in the hearts of some of them? Had so much effort been worthwhile? Not being able to see the results disheartened us a little… until we were finally able to see them; it was just that they did not come from where we expected.
«Perhaps one day I will end up being an Adventist,» someone suddenly said. It was the young volunteer who had gone with us. She explained to us that she had felt extremely impressed with what she had witnessed that day: the love of twenty missionaries; the self-sacrificing work for other people; the physical, mental, and economic effort to bring light wherever it was possible. This is not a light in name only, but is also demonstrated with actions. Our work was valued by the one from whom we least expected it, but it is because our vision and God’s are very different.
Dear friend, it is worth shining our light wherever we go, before all people impartially. God is the One who knows who is seeking Him. However, those people who are thirsty for a real Christianity are watching Christians before making a decision. Be a light for them.