Iceland Part I

Hello everyone! I am back from Iceland and I miss it already. Have you ever visited a place and felt it in your heart that it wouldn't be the last time that you would be there? Yep, that's exactly how I feel about Iceland. I want to thank each and everyone of you that helped me go to this beautiful country on my mission trip. There aren't enough words to describe how thankful I am for your donations and believing in me. I really saw the provision of God through all of you. I want you to know that each of you that donated where took part in the mission field. It was an honor to be the hands and feet of Jesus as well as yours. My mission trip consisted of a team of 15 students from Southeastern University. We all embarked on the journey that God set on our hearts. It was such a privilege to get to serve and bless the Filadelfia Church in Reykjavik. Did you know that in an island that identifies itself as a Christian country, only 3% of the 333,130 population in Iceland are Christians? 

The mission field: This mission trip was unlike any other. I had previously been on a mission trip to Honduras and it was completely different in the sense that Iceland is a first world country and Honduras is a third world country therefore the ministry was much more rural. The team and I had the privilege to work with the only Christian Church in Reykjavik, Filadelfia. We cleaned, painted, and got the opportunity to work with the youth and young adults. Cleaning and painting might not seem like much to people but during this trip we realized that we were called to Iceland to deep clean the foundation and structure of this church. This church was undergoing a tough transition and in need of revitalization and we traveled across the country to facilitate them a clean, literally and spiritually clean slate. Our theme throughout the trip was cleaning and breaking the ice. As the week went on we saw doors open that allowed us to plant a seed in the hearts of the members of the church and its staff. The work in the church allowed our team to bond and we truly became #icefam. One of the most memorable parts of the church was on Sunday, we went to an Islandic service and a Spanish service (yes, there are hispanics in Iceland!) The worship was a "glimpse of heaven", as they sang in Icelandic, we sang in English and it was so beautiful. I will never forget Fanny and Pastor Helgi and Aaron, thank you for opening up your "home" (they kept referring to the church as their home) to us and allowing us to clean and bring in a fresh spirit. There is such an intimacy about allowing someone to come into your home and clean and touch your personal items. How amazing it was to be welcomed in with open arms and how honoring it was to have the privilege to get on such an intimate level with the church. I believe in this church and the people in it. God has such great plans for this church in the city. Filadelfia, you are the light in Reykjavik. In the midst of the darkness in this country, you shine the light of Jesus. I can't wait to see how God will use Filadelfia church! I look forward to visiting many more times. 

I wanted to share with you some notes I took in my journal while I was in Iceland:

  • Be fearless! Wait, take heart and be confident!
  • Fear and God cannot coexist.
  • He is faithful!
  • He will move people from one country to another country to meet a need. (WOW!)
  • Don't forget about joy! Find the joy in every season.
  • Remind yourself about how you got here.
  • There is power in cleaning.
  • Don't compare your timing to  someone else's timing.
  • "He has set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to end."
  • We are the light everywhere. Be the light in the midst of such darkness.
  • Fully walk through an open door!
  • We are an answer to their prayer.
  • See the promise in the midst.
  • He has qualified you (us, me) 
  • His peace will coat and guard my heart and mind.
  • Be full in joy! Choose joy daily!
  • Let your gentleness be evident to all!
    • Devotional readings: Psalms 27 ; Ecclesiastes 2:24-3:15; Philippians 2: 12-18; Colossians 1:3-14; Philippians 4

 

Stay tuned for Iceland Part Two, where I will share my fun adventures exploring the island!

xo,

Raiza 

In the mean time enjoy some pictures of our ministry time! 

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