6:8 Chapel

Brittany Normandin

Brittany Normandin

The chapel on the premasis of 6:8 ministries is not an ornate room.  It has a cement floor, concrete walls, and plastic lawn patio chairs. Despite these things, it was my favorite place in Costa Rica this week. It’s where we worshiped, pressed into the word, and spent time as a group.  When you walk into the chapel there is overwhelming feeling of peace. Written on the walls are different “6:8″ verses.

In the front of the room is the slogan and foundation of 6:8 ministries:

Micah 6:8 ” No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you; to do what is right, to love mercy, and walk humbly with you GOD.”

Do justly: Walking  through the streets of Alajuelita you don’t walk ten feet without encountering poverty.  The missionaries that now live here have learned that they have not been called here to give a handout to the starving people. Instead they have taught the people that want help that with hard work and salvation, they will be cared for. They teach women to crochet purses out of plastic bags, and  men to make empanadas to sell in the parks.  The few that choose to dedicate themselves to this work are often able to help themselves enough to put food on the table.  Our group has seen much unjust here in Costa Rica. We heard numerous stories of children being sexually and physically abused in their own home. We went to people’s homes that were completely devatstating; one bedroom, no floors, and completely filthy. How do you teach the people that live these lives that our God is just?

Love mercy: Thank God for mercy. At the women’s shelter we talked with a women had was there for her third time.  She told us that the other times she didn’t care enough to be there and fight her addiction.  This time was different. You could see the fight and strength she had in her. She told us about her son that was 18 months and that she had never seen him.  She was now ready to fight to be better for her son and believed that God’s mercy would allow her to do this. We know that we are not worthy of God’s mercy yet every morning we awake a new creator in Christ. We love mercy for the fact that as sinners God loves us anyways, and that it is never too late to surrender to his glory.

Walk humbly:  On thursday we went to the park and handed out empanadas, drinks, and a lot of God’s love. We prayed for the homeless, the prostitutes, and for anyone in the park that would let us. We walked up to groups of people that were laughing at us and making fun of us (probably the only benifit of the language barrier was not knowing what words they must have been saying about us). A truly humbling moment was when an apparent intoxicated man screamed “Yankees muy feo.” translation: he thought we were very ugly Yankees. He then proceeded to moon us which as you can imagine made us feel quite unwanted. Although, overall the people welcomed and appreciated our prayers, praying for that man humbled me. The 6:8 building is well known and as the only gringos, we stick out like a soar thumb. Last night a note was taped to the door that said “Gringos leave.”  I did not expect for people to be so angry with our efforts to help.  The most humbling lesson learned was that God does not love us anymore than those people that offended us. God does not love me any more then the pick pocketers in San Jose, or the murders on death row. We think we must earn God’s love but the truth is we never were without it.

Seeing the 6:8 scriptures on the walls of the chapel were words of conviction, but also a vision of God’s heart. And that is to love him and love his people.

Matthew 6:8 “Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him!”

Mark 6:8 “He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick, no food, no travel’s bag, no money.”

Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?’, I said, ‘Here I am. Send me.'”

Romans 6:8 “And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him.”

-Brittany Normandin

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~ by Celebration Missions on March 21, 2009.

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