A friend of mine named Anna is a teacher at a language school here. Most of her students are missionaries of various denominational flavors. Once, about 5 years ago, one of her students expressed his gratitude to her as a teacher. He said, “I am so thankful that you have patiently worked to teach me Spanish. How can I repay you?”
Anna was not sure if he meant to give her a gift or what. She wisely replied, “When you preach in Spanish and someone gets saved, that will be my pay check.” She saw her ministry continuing through HIS future ministry. She saw with Kingdom Eyes that we are all interconnected when we work for the Kingdom of God. She kept up contact with this student through email over the next year. He went on to El Salvador to be a missionary.
One day Anna got an email that said, “Here’s your check. This weekend I preached in Spanish for the first time. I asked if anyone wanted to ask the Lord to forgive their sins and to come into their heart. Three people got saved!!” Anna wiped away the tears when she told us how honored she felt to be a part of something bigger than herself. Her ministry reached to El Salvador because she was diligent, her student was persistent, and God was Faithful.
Today is a very special day for ME as a teacher too. I too have been a language school teacher. And today one of my first students will be getting on an airplane and flying from her home in Chile to her mission field in India. I taught her English for a year, and she worked so hard! I am so proud of my student for sticking with her dreams and seeing them through. I worked patiently, forming and crafting her English. She worked persistently, pushing herself to study and learn. Then God was faithful in her fund raising efforts as well. Now, FINALLY, she is leaving for India today.
Pray for my student-missionary Leticia as she travels alone to a country where she’s never been before. Pray for Leticia as she works to communicate in a second language. Pray for Leticia today. I look forward to the day when I receive a message from her saying that she prayed in English with someone and they received the Lord into their heart. I thank God that some day soon MY check will be in the mail, metaphorically speaking.