“Footprint Assessment”

A self-taught lawyer was recently murdered in Mexico by cowardly enemies who didn’t like how he stood up to the corrupt and powerful officials in his border town. In fact, he even had enemies among the wealthy attorneys, as he worked for chickens at times…literally. Perhaps you, too, heard the radio interview with his daughter who desires to continue her father’s work in spite of the dangers. This blog is not about his story, but it is about what his daughter said about him.

She struggled as she tried to share in English, then lapsed into her fluent Spanish. The daughter was asked, “So why did he take the risks he did?” “My father would have been unhappy if his walk in life had not left any footprints,” she says.

Her response struck a chord with me immediately. I thought to myself, “We all are leaving footprints of one sort or the other. Are the ones I’m leaving pleasing to the Lord? Do they bring my family & others to Him? Do they honor God?” I was reminded of the chorus to a song sung by Steve Green years ago:

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

May the fire of our devotion light their way

May the footprints that we leave

Lead them to believe

And the lives we live inspire them to obey

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

As I thought about Pastor F and the boldness that he declares among his nation and the countless persecuted believers around the globe, my footprints seem so very small, insignificant, and unworthy of our Lord. God reminded me to not look back, but to continue planting my footsteps one by one in obedience to Him. May He find each of us faithful to Him as we reach out to the Wassulu, the Tiemala, their neighbors, and others God will call us to in the future.

We are preparing the photos from the recent trip for sharing with you all, so be patient a little longer!

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