When Did This Jungle Trek Begin?

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August 19, 2021

Navigating rapids, crossing precarious log bridges, sloshing through knee-deep water, and doggedly trying to keep up with our native guide. These were a few of the physical exercises that kept my body busy on our most recent hike in the jungle. Yet in spite of the physical exertion, I still had a few minutes to contemplate the more abstract components of our journey--the reasons that brought about this hike through the jungle.

As I thought about my son and his love for photography, I thought about what a vlog covering this jungle trek would look like. I began to think about the starting point of the trip and wondered if it started with the trip to the airport, or sometime before that. Was it initiated with purchasing the necessary travel items, or with the packing? Or did it start with the planning that took place months ago, the gathering of information, the myriad of contacts, phone calls, and personal interviews in order to make sure everything was in order?

Or did it start years ago when we first felt God's call to this particular group? Or even many years before that, with the ground-breaking work and prayers of those who labored among these people many years ago at great personal cost? Did it all begin millennia ago, with an empty tomb, or with a cross on a skull-shaped hill? Or did it actually start before that, on the cusp of Creation as Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, thus necessitating that the Good News would eventually go out to all corners of the world?

My conclusion was that it wasn't actually at any one of these specific junctures. It actually all began in an incomprehensible entity called "eternity." Somewhere within that bubble of eternity, exists God's plan. That plan included mankind, and mankind included you, me and the Ahsatdah. These people, who we were going to visit, were on God's radar every bit as much as the nation of Israel. It was these people that He had in mind when He uttered the Abrahamic blessing: "in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:3).

So really, the planning for this trip began before the foundations of the world were laid. Only now, thousands of years later, are we treading the sands of Time, following the footprints of our Redeemer that He left--shadows of the eternal plan of God. A plan that entailed "a Great Light" that would "shine in the darkness" and would illumine "the people that walked in darkness" and would lead them "into His marvelous light" (Is. 9:2, Jn. 1:5, 1 Pt. 2:9).

Now, over a week after the trip, as I sit here contemplating these people that are still shrouded in darkness, I'm struck again how God's eternal plan included these very needy people--the Ahsatdah--who still sit in darkness. How will the Light shine? The obstacles look overwhelming at times. The location daunting. The hurdles, almost insurmountable. Yet, the realization that God's plan included them, and somehow, for some reason, includes us, gives us strength and hope to keep moving forward.

May we continue to pray "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth (among the Ahsatdah), as it is in Heaven."


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  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10