What If…??

Alex & Laura Waits

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25

What if it is true what they say about missions –  that the missionaries themselves are the ones truly changed by the act of service?   What if it is true that the more we practice serving, the more we are changed?

What if the people of La Moskitia do not need us?   They don’t, you know.   They have survived for centuries without us.   Some would say that all of Honduras was better off before missionaries came to their shores.    The history of missions in the greater part of Honduras is replete with examples of coercion – believe and you can receive (medical attention, food, water, etc.).   And yet, what if the attitude going in was different?   What if the heart of the mission was communication and compassion rather than coercion?   That is what we see in the missionaries who already work in Puerto Lempira.

What if, on the other hand, the Waits family needs the people of La Moskitia?   Could it be?   Can we turn this thing on its ear long enough to realize that the very lives that God may hope to change are our own?

Just something to consider.

3 Comments. Leave new

You hit the nail on the head! Very observant you are to realize this before you even leave. Lesson learned. Most people it takes a few years on the field to get this! 🙂


I don’t think there is even the slightest doubt. Isn’t God cool that way! I can’t imagine the Waits family with hearts much more full of love than what you have now, but I know it is going to happen. I can’t wait to watch!


A most accurate insight. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) That river has a most marvelous effect on the channel it flows through as well as the recipients of that flow.


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