Running Scared

Yesterday, after a long hike and going shopping in San Jose, we got off the bus to head to the team house for rest.

But God had different plans.

On our walk home we ran into a young tico, as the locals call themselves, named Wagner. He was 18 years old and looked like he weighed about 100 pounds; his face covered in shame and guilt which broke our hearts.

So we invited him to come back to the team house to have a pow wow with us. He told us that he hadn’t been home in 15 days because he was afraid to go home and felt like he was going to be killed over 10 dollars he owed someone for drugs. While talking to him he kept his head down and it seemed as if he had tears in his eyes.

Boldly he made these confessions in front of everyone at the team house.

Compassionately, we gave him a meal and provided him with money for a bus ticket to come back today. Also the team prayed for wisdom and salvation over him. We had sympathy but he had to earn the money.

Waking up this morning, coming down the stairs, there was Wagner washing two cars. Like it says in scripture, whatever is concealed cannot be healed. After confessing yesterday his face was brighter and his head wasn’t hanging today. When he finished we gave him shoes and the ten dollars.

Love, compassion and mercy is all it was. God Bless.

Lindsey Gardner

Adios amigos

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~ by Celebration Missions on July 30, 2008.

2 Responses to “Running Scared”

  1. Its amazing how God directs our paths, all you have to do is be willing and He does the rest! I can’t wait to hear all about what God has done this past week. I am so proud of you=) I am praying for you and your team…We love you and miss you very much
    Love,
    Mom, Kevin & Breyana

  2. What a great story Lindsey! It’s crazy to think that people die over such little money in this world. Amazing that there is so much poverty and so much crime. Well, the way you all responded to him and just showed God’s love is truly the best thing you could have done for him! How great that you were able to help him and comfort him! I think sometimes we are so afraid to really tell the truth and ask for help in our own lives because we are scared of what people will think of us or how they will judge us. But when it is a matter of life or death, all of this fear of judgement goes out the window! I think we should all be this humble and never be afraid to be ourselves, admit our mistakes, and ask for help. It is a part of who we are and covering it up just makes us hurt more on the inside, which forces us to be cold and detached on the outside. We can learn a lot from Wagner from this. He was willing to do what he needed to do to save his life, even if it was compromise his dignity. I am so proud of you guys and hope that I have the opportunity to hear many more stories about your trip. If you have a myspace, add my new faith-based teen magazine page: http://www.myspace.com/cultureshock2008 so we can keep in touch. If you ever want to share your experiences or contribute to the magazine, let me know!
    Love and blessings to you all, Mary

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