United as one body (Part II)
January 19, 2018 at 6:00 AM
Children in Colomoncagua, Honduras, work on practicing good dental hygiene as encouraged by the Luke Society ministry there. (File photo)
United as one body (Part II)
(This is the conclusion of two-part entry taken from Dr. Jim Spindler's book, "Be Still and Know that I am God.")
About that time in 1997, I met Dick and Margret Dickmeyer at a Christian Medical and Dental Society meeting in Phoenix. As we talked over lunch, I could sense their intense love for the Lord and their desire to serve in missions. It wasn’t long before Dick and Margret, and two of their children, Rich and Ann, started going on short-term mission trips to the Yucatan of Mexico. While working with Dr. Julian Piste, then director of the Yucantan Luke Society ministry, the Dickmeyers observed how the Luke Society empowers indigenous committed Christians with a vision to reach their own people with the message of the love of Jesus Christ.
While Dick and Margret were faithfully praying for God’s leading, Carol and Arturo were praying for a Partnership Ministry Team. The Luke Society’s ministry in Colomoncagua was one of only a few without a PMT of committed Christians to help them fund their work, provide medication and business advice, and most importantly, pray for them.
Stiff and sore and covered with dust, we rounded the last curve in the road and drove onto a cobblestone street leading to Colomoncagua. We had reached the end of the road which was only a few kilometers from El Salvador. We were near one of the refugee camps that once had been filled with displaced, lonely people.
There were no military guards now, just common folks. They filled the stone streets, leading their mules loaded down with wood and driving their ox carts filled with stones and construction materials. They waved and smiled enthusiastically as it to welcome us to the frontier.
We toured the small town, visited Carol’s rented clinic, saw Arturo’s church and met with their three beautiful children: Saul, Jorge and Carol Marissa. We heard Carol and Arturo review their ministry of the past year and describe their goals for the future. Phil David kept us on track and carefully led us through that important process. During the evening, we consumed a delicious typical Honduran meal prepared by Carol. We slept well that night in the old United Nations building, now Carol’s clinic of mercy and love.
The next morning, Dick and Margret led devotions and referred to Ephesians 4:1-6. As Margret read these verses, we learned that God has chosen us to be Christ’s representatives on earth. As she continued, we could hear the Apostle Paul challenging us to live lives worthy of the calling we have received and to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Holding out his cupped hand, Dick said, “We are all in God’s hand, united as one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God.”
My heart started pounding because I could sense what was happening. After our prayer together, Dick and Margret walked over to Carol and Arturo and embraced them. As Dick turned to me and smiled, I knew we were witnessing God’s love and the answer to all of our prayers. Love filled the room at that moment and I realized I had the answer to my questions that I had asked nearly 20 years earlier. “Where was God in Mesa Grande? Where was His love in that awful place?”
His enduring and comforting love had been there all along and it was here at this moment, at the end of the road in Colomoncagua. For God’s love was consummated in the embrace of two couples from different cultures united now in God’s purpose, devoted and together furthering God’s Kingdom amongst a people who had once been so desperate and alone.