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El Salvador

06.21.14

I am going on a short-term missions trip to El Salvador, where our team will be helping install a water system for a rural village. We will also be helping a local church with some leadership and community development.

Here’s how I know it was God telling me to go. When I first heard about it, I felt like the Holy Spirit was giving me all green lights. “Yes!” He seemed to say. “You are to go.” My immediate thought after that was, “My husband will never buy it.”

Over the next few weeks, I kept getting a strong repeating image in my head. It was a scene from the book/movie series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” in which Lucy, the youngest of 4 siblings sees Aslan, the lion, who represents the creator, God and Jesus in all the stories. Lucy tells the others that she saw Aslan, and thinks they all should go toward Him. The others did not see Him, and convince Lucy that they should take a different route. Later in the story, Aslan talks with Lucy and asks her, “Why didn’t you come to me, even if the others didn’t?” Lucy feels regret, apologizes, and they are reconciled. This scene kept repeating in my thoughts, especially while I was praying for the team who would be going to El Salvador this year. The Holy Spirit told me, “I don’t want you to worry about your husband or family. You just follow Me. I want you to go to El Salvador this year, with this team of people.” When I told the Lord about my husband, He kept saying, “Don’t worry about him. You follow Me.”

My next thought was, “Well, I’m not sure this is really the Holy Spirit talking, or my own thoughts or imagination.” So, I continued praying for the team that would be going to El Salvador this year. Every time I prayed, I kept getting the same message: “You are going. This year.”

One Sunday morning, I felt as if God said to me, “I want you to read Luke 7 & 8.” So I did. It was a few stories about Jesus, in a boat with some of the disciples, when a storm arose. Jesus quieted the storm with His words, and they were amazed. Then when they got to the other side of the lake, they found a man who was demon-possessed, naked, and unchained, walking among the tombs. Jesus healed this man, and later told the people about his healing. The people came out to see Jesus, who stayed with them for a few days, and many became believers. “Great. Thanks God. That was good.”

I went to church about 4 hours later that day, and the pastor was teaching out of the book of Mark. It was a story about Jesus, in a boat with some of the disciples, when a storm arose. Jesus quieted the storm with His words, and they were amazed. Then when they got to the other side of the lake, they found a man who was demon-possessed, naked, and unchained, walking among the tombs. Jesus healed this man, and later told the people about his healing. The people came out to see Jesus, who stayed with them for a few days, and many became believers. The whole sermon was about crossing over, to reach people for Christ. “Okay, that is really something. God, why did you do that?” I was so humbled I was in tears. I heard God whisper in my spirit, “I did that to show you that you do hear My voice. My sheep hear My voice. I want you to obey Me. I want you to go to El Salvador. This year, not wait until next year. Don’t worry about the details. Just follow Me.” So I did. I talked with the leaders and coordinators who said they would pray about my husband, and his response to this whole thing. When I got home from church that day, I went to my husband and said, “I really strongly feel like God wants me to go to El Salvador. This year. Not next year. You don’t have to go, but I am feeling very called to do this.” He said, “Okay.” I said, “What?” He said, “Okay. If you feel that strongly about it, then go.” “Okay,” I said, “I will go.”

A few weeks later, I was relaying this whole story to our team leader, who said, “Okay, that seems like God. We just found out a few days ago that one of the women who was planning on going could not, since her father just passed away. I always thought God wanted us to have 10 people on this particular mission trip, but I told her, ‘Don’t worry about a thing. God knows what He is doing. His timing is perfect, and He will provide,’ and then you showed up. God is in control of all things.” I was astounded.

Then, while I was sitting there at my first meeting (their second meeting), the leader said, “Oh, I just got an email from the leader in El Salvador. They want some Social Workers to help with some community development and leadership.” I shyly raised my hand and said, “I have a License in Clinical Social Work,” and the guy 2 people over said, “I do too,” and a woman said, “I have my Master’s in Social Work.” So, three out of the 10 people going have Social Work training and experience. Only God. Again, I was astounded.

So, even if you aren’t fully convinced that God Himself wants me to go on this El Salvador mission trip, I am. I would love some prayers and support. If you can contribute a financial donation of any amount, small or large, please send a slip of paper with the following information on it: Team Member: Jaril Faith Gallup, Trip Name: El Salvador, Section 206, July 25-31, 2014. Then write your name, address, city, state, and zip code, and your check amount and check number. This way, you will get a letter at the end of the year, for your donation, which is tax-deductible. Please write the check payable to “Willow Creek Community Church” or “WCCC” and DO NOT put my name anywhere on the check, or they will be unable to process it. Please mail it to: WCCC, Room C-149, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010-6132.

Thanks for your prayers and support. God bless you, as He has abundantly blessed me.

If you have any need for support in your life, and you would like some Christian counseling, please contact me at 847-962-5234. I look forward to serving you in any way that I can.

Sincerely,
Faith Gallup, LCSW
847-962-5234