For just as the body is one and has many members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot shall say, “Because I am a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The more I thought about these verses, the more I realized its relevance in our group and on this trip. Every person on this trip has a purpose and without them, our group wouldn’t be able to function the same way. Every person in this group has an integral role to keep us functioning the way we do. This group is all here to serve one purpose, and that is to serve the people in Christ’s body. Christ has given us gifts and an incredible opportunity to come serve others in his kingdom, and it is a blessing I cannot describe. Seeing the change in the people’s emotions towards us in the hours that we served them has been incredible. Also, there is an incomparable feeling that I get when serving these people that I never would have felt otherwise. Just knowing that you are not only helping someone by means they could otherwise not achieve, but furthering God’s kingdom is incredibly overwhelming and humbling.
Before clinic starts today, we will have already seen and served upwards of 400 people. I feel like I’ve been blessed to be able to come here and be a part of this incredible team or “body” as I alluded to before. I can’t believe we have come to our last day here, it feels like we’ve just started! I know I can speak for all the members of our team when I say we are so thankful for your thoughts and prayers. We love and miss you all!