Last week, I was reminded again that our hard work is not wasted or forgotten.
Barbara and I were on a flight from Denver back to Phoenix. Next to us sat a young man who was obviously jet-lagged. After he woke up, he explained he had just flown in from Europe, where he was on a mission trip with his church.
When we asked where, he replied Romania. That pricked our interest, as I’ve been on many mission trips to Romania. He went on to tell about this great church camp where he spent a week working with children, one of the nicest camps in the whole country. He was excited because four of the kids gave their lives to Christ during the camp week.
When I asked which camp this was, he said “ Camp Bratatsel”. Barbara and I just looked at each other, because this was the camp we helped back in 1992. I led a mission team from our church in Vienna to equip this camp as it got started. We did some fund-raising, secured the right equipment, then we spent a week at the camp installing central heating, kitchen equipment and building insulation. Now, 24 years later, hundreds of children and families attend Camp Bratatsel every year. Great things are happening there!
1 Corinthians 15:58 reminds us:
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
When you serve God and try to do what He leads you to do, your efforts aren’t wasted. You never know how He is going to use you, so don’t give up doing good and working hard for the Lord.