Mom lacked many things in life. If you were to ask her, she would acknowledge that she lacked intellect (compared to my dad), she lacked physical strength (a weak heart) she lacked an education (she did not get a high school diploma until late in life) and she was limited by what my father,  her husband, would permit her to do when he was alive. But her limitations weren’t really all that big, because mom had a pinch of faith. She had mustard seed faith in God’s power, faithfulness, promises and His purposes.

She had never been out of the country, but she had eyes of faith regarding the needs on the mission field in Belize. She went with eyes of faith, even though she was weak in so many ways. Even when it was possible to go to Belize as she lost even more of her strength, she continued to write to the students she had met on her trip there. She saw with eyes of faith in her letters, as she understood the value of encouraging others who were following in her footsteps.

The picture above shows Cindie and me with others who had mustard seed faith in God’s provision, protection and promises. While we don’t know all the impacts our little faith has had already or may have into the future, I am confident that Mom would affirm that a little faith in God can result in marvelous blessings. It certainly is true that the “hardships” of the trip are nothing compared to the encouragement given and received. Mountains can be moved with a mustard seed of faith.

“And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’” Matthew 17:18-20 (ESV)