Untainted Eyes

Joyful, different, heart-opening, reassuring, laughter; these are just a couple of words we chose to describe our trip. It really is true that not a second goes by that we don’t have something to thank God for in this beautiful city of Mazatlán, Mexico. God is doing such great work here, and amazing things through Back2Back Ministries that we are so ecstatic to have been a part of it this week.
To give you a brief overview of what these past couple days have been like, I can say “we’ve never been more thankful”. We’ve had such great opportunities to play with children at a Salvation Army Home; running with them, loving on them, and even praying for them. We’ve gotten to work with children with special needs; doing equine therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and play with them at a nearby park. We’ve also had the opportunity to do work projects and help build walls around both children’s homes that will protect the children from dangerous situations and help them feel safer. And yet, we’ve also had the experience of sharing laughter, skits, music and stories with girls who’ve been taken out of their homes because of abuse and sex trafficking situations. God really has let us have a full experience here in Mexico this spring break.
I’m not quite sure what we were all expecting this trip before we got here, but I know that so many of us have been challenge to make a change in our lives as we return to the states. One thing about Back2Back that many of us have never heard of before is that they don’t share the children’s stories with the missions’ teams that come. At first a lot of us were sad, as we wanted to know who we were working with. But as we grew to love the kids and see them without the words abused, neglected, or trafficked on their foreheads, we were able to see these children as God sees them. It’s this opportunity to see through God’s untainted eyes that we’ve been able to love the children as much as we have this past week. Of course, we know they come from hard homes and have had trauma in their lives, but we don’t know the details that could directly affect our attitudes. However, we also know that this cannot affect our time with the children here in Mazatlán. God has blessed us time and time again this week in just showing us little glimpses into how He sees His children. Untainted, unconditionally loved, never forgotten, beautiful. This is how God sees His children, and this is how we’ve gotten to experience the people here in Mazatlán. But since we’ve begun to learn this amazing idea of seeing people through God’s eyes, we’ve been challenged to make a change in the way we view all people; in Mexico or in the United States. God has given us tools this past week to really see that it’s the person that matters, and that no matter what trauma, experience, or hardship they have experienced, they are still seen as beautiful children of God.
This week has been hard, draining, jam packed with activities and changes, but we couldn’t have asked for a more widespread opportunity to see God’s heart for his children. The Father loves His people, regardless of what their paths have shaped out to be. He knows they’ve been through hard times, He knows they’ve made mistakes; and yet in the end He comes to see them as beautiful and loved. Our team can only hope that this concept can be lived out as we head home in just a few short days, to love and to see others as God has seen His Children.

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