Sing a New Song
Even in wanting to bless others, we are often blessed.
In San Cristobal, Guatemala, MVI missionary Teresa Harwood has reached out to the local community in a variety of ways. One unique opportunity has come lately in working with her local church’s worship band. She proposed the idea to have the band write a new song for the church and community. She had hoped they would create a song in the Poqomchi’ language, where there is a lack of Christian songs. They loved the idea and began using John 21:15-17, where Jesus restores Peter, as their inspiration. “We hope it will be used as a reminder of the grace of God to the congregation and to the surrounding community as sadly there is a huge emphasis on works-based salvation in the Guatemalan evangelical church,” explains Teresa. “The band and I have spent lots of time in prayer, praying for the Lord to speak to our hearts, and praying that the Lord will use this song in the growth and edification of his church.”
They wrote the song in Spanish first and plan to translate it into Poqomchi’ soon.
“Even before sharing the song with the rest of the church, the Lord has been at work,” says Teresa. “At a recent meeting, the band leader said that through this time working with me, he has learned the importance of prayer.”