This past Sunday we had another opportunity to celebrate a first for a community. The small community of Nuevo Canal had a mass for the first time ever! It was such a joyous event.
Nuevo Canal is a little community that Taylor initially found by searching on Google Maps. Taylor enjoys looking at our zone through this application. It was during one of his searches that he stumbled upon the little pueblo. Upon further investigation through the church archives, it was determined the community was never visited by anyone from the church partly because it was not on any maps. With the permission of the priests, Taylor decided to head out to the community to see the state of their faith.
When Taylor and Max arrived they were greeted by Damel. He was so excited to see them and so happy to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Damel lives in the pueblo with his family and two other families. Taylor, Max, and our whole family has spent many days ministering to this community. We have brought them their first Bibles. We have taught them their prayers. But most importantly we have taught them about our Savior, Jesus Christ.
When people first heard that Taylor was driving out to the pueblo to minister to the three families the response he received was it wasn’t worth his time. ”Only three families?” ”They can travel to one of the other pueblos to attend mass and receive catechesis.” ”Why would you trouble yourself and waste a day traveling and teaching the people when there are so few of them?”
As we thought of these questions we remembered Abraham and his courage in interceding before God for Sodom, see Genesis 18:16-33. It was here that God shared His plan with Abraham to destroy Sodom for its wickedness. Abraham boldly asked the Lord if He would spare the city from destruction if there were 50 righteous men. Abraham continued to ask the Lord if He would spare from destruction if He found 45, 40, 30, 20, and lastly just 10 righteous people. The Lord agreed to spare the city if He found just 10 righteous men. For just 10 people the Lord would have spared a whole city from being destroyed. Even though the city was destroyed, God did save the only righteous people in the city – one family.
Jesus Christ would have also died just for one person. If everyone but one person in history rejected Him He would have willingly gone to the cross for only that one soul. His love for us is so great that He willingly went to the cross for each one of us. He knew our names and each of the sins He was dying for. So why can’t we have that same sort of love for just one soul?
The answer will always be, “YES!” Just one soul is worth it. When we write and prepare our bible studies we are hoping that many people will come, but if just one soul has a personal encounter with Christ everything we sacrificed to get there is worth it!
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