Serving and Sharing Through Music

 

Before going on my first mission trip, I heard that a volcano had erupted in Guatemala. Many were killed, injured, or missing. Although I was worried and unsure about the unknown, all I could think of was to pray with my life group for the people in Guatemala as well as for my CTI team. God often calls us to things we do not understand and may require some risk. All we can say is, “I trust You, Lord.”
 
However, before going toward this danger, our team met in Minnesota for two weeks to learn our 16 all-Spanish songs and how to share the Gospel effectively. Music is so powerful because it crosses all boundaries. After training, it was time to leave for Guatemala.
 
 
While there, I saw how God can move and use His People. Although He never needed me, He showed me His Love through sharing the Gospel and reminding me of what He did for us. Our summer team’s verse was Philemon 1:6: “I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.” My team came to love and to serve the people in Guatemala because He first loved us. For His sake, we shared His Love in schools, camps, and local churches through our music, dramas, and testimonies. Although we needed a translator, it was humbling to still see lives affected by this message of hope and that the same God in the US is at work in Guatemala.
 
 

God has shown me not only a real physical, but also a spiritual need

 
 
Throughout my trip, I learned there are opportunities for me to serve the Lord both as a missionary and as a future doctor. God has shown me not only a real physical, but also a spiritual need in Guatemala. He also has revealed that, with practice, I can communicate in Spanish, which was such a blessing to be able to connect with the Guatemalans in their language. And, despite them being affected continuously by volcanoes and not having much, they taught me a dependence on God through difficult circumstances. One song from my team that comes to mind is called Montaña, which is about how faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains.
 
 

The return is so much greater than anything we have to give up.

 

In these past six weeks, my understanding of God has deepened, and my need for Him has become stronger. Where and how we serve may look different for each of us, but the urgency to bring a powerful and loving message to a world of false-hope and pain is evident: God sent His Son to die for us, so we may have new life in Him. Although the cost to follow Him in our lives may seem too high (or might even seem irrelevant), the return is so much greater than anything we have to give up. Through our doubts, suffering, and the unknown, we can find peace and joy in Christ because our strength comes not from this world but from above.

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KAI INGUITO is a new mission partner of GSBC. He just graduated from the University of Delaware and will start medical school in Philly at Jefferson. After going on a music mission trip to Guatemala, he hopes to become a missionary and a doctor to serve the Lord and to love others as Christ loved us.


3 Responses to “Serving and Sharing Through Music”

  1. Irene Thomas says:

    Wow Kai..
    I don’t know what to say.. but I was happy to see you yesterday and your dad at Gio’s party.. and now that mission that you left with is now in turmoil.. Please continue singing for the Lord. No matter where you are, God’s message will move mountains and volcanoes.. and will be echoing the planet earth. Our God is so beautiful and He has great plans for all of us. Thank You.. Jesus for your greatness.!

  2. Irene Thomas says:

    Wooowww Kai..
    You’re such a blessing to Guatemalans. Your song will still be echoing in their hearts. Please continue singing for the Lord.. Hallelujah.!

  3. Jessie C Arce says:

    Welcome back and praise God for answered prayer of safekeeping and fruitful trip! Praying that others will follow your example of sharing the gospel of our Lord to the lost! I hope that you can create a singing mission group for Good Shepherd!!!!

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