Field Hockey and Jesus in Trinidad
His name is Peter, a life-long Trinidadian beach bum with only a pair of shorts and a worn-out guitar to his name. He wanted to sing to our group for money to supply his alcohol and drug habit. With the exchange of a few unpleasantries, he obviously knew our national leader and knew that she was a Christian. He didn't want her interfering with his new prospects. His song turned to questions, and he began challenging our beliefs. He had obviously been evangelized as he sang Amazing Grace and talked about God.
Then, his anger, bitterness and rage reared its ugly, monstrous face as he cursed God and His ways over and over again. It would have normally frightened me, but I felt a peace as his dark, lost eyes pierced my very soul. It was then that I saw the reflection of what my soul would be like if it weren't for Jesus Christ.
Again, I was reminded that I am a sinner in need of a Savior, and it doesn't matter how much I clean up on the outside, it’s my soul that has an eternal destination.
We never expected to meet Peter the first day of our short-term mission trip to Trinidad. I had joined the Houghton College women’s field hockey team as they desired to share their love of field hockey and their love for the Lord to those in Trinidad.
There were field hockey games, a sports clinic and a tournament. But as we quickly learned, field hockey was to be the conduit for God’s plan in each of our lives. We found ourselves learning of the work that God has been doing in Trinidad through an organization called, Is There Not A Cause. The team shared testimonies of how God has been working in their lives. They shared the love of Jesus with women and children in the rural areas. They encouraged and prayed for young girls at a school. But it was Peter’s presence that permeated our week to motivate us to continue to do what God is calling us to do.
I would love to tell you that Peter came to know the Lord in a personal way that day, but there was no evidence of that, which makes this missionary heart mourn and grief over eternal death and separation from God. But it empowers me to persevere in going, doing and giving whatever God is calling me to do.
--OMS missionary, Cindy Tankersley
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