“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
2 Corinthians 9:6
The week before Holy Week our family went down to General Cepeda, COAH, Mexico to help out with a short term mission trip. God had given us a great desire for some fellowship with other missionaries and while serving there in General we met one of the most generous families we have ever known. Mother Teresa once said “Some Give by Going, Others Go by Giving” expressing the truth that although some may never leave their home nations but through generosity and love that God has placed in their hearts they join in the ministry of proclaiming the gospel to all the world. The Habashy family are our mission partners from the United States and great examples of generosity and love.
When we arrived in General Cepeda, we were placed as leaders of one of the small groups of newly arrived short-term missionaries including another family of eight—the Habashy family. Their six children were nearly the same age as our six so we already seemed to have plenty in common. We got along great. Mr. Habashy (Tony) immediately began speaking in broken Spanish to the locals. I watched him serve the older woman giving them rides and offering his shoulder to those who couldn’t walk well. Monica cared for their six children with joy, smiling all the while and still finding time to show such love to the locals. They were so joyful. I could tell that God was speaking to them deeply asking them to go with Him to new places. They stayed out late visiting with the locals and missionaries. You could see that they had a great desire to be in missions.
After returning home they prayed and felt that God wanted them to give more. They raised money to help both the Bailey and Alvarez families with yard sales, fundraisers and prayer vigils. They decided to come to Juarez to live with us a couple weeks and help out with evangelization and the poor. They did come and were a great addition to our team. Before arriving they raised funds from all avenues of resources, calling and petitioning and reaching deep into their own pockets to help the poor and needy. They brought Bibles, rosaries, prayer books, clothes, educational resources, cooking supplies, etc. The people were so impressed by their love and dedication to family and Jesus.
Later the Habashy’s invited and brought their own extended family down to visit Juarez at the end of June. Again they were so generous with their time, talent and treasure. I know they reached deep into their own pocket in order to defray costs and help get others down to experience the beauty of mission life and feel the presence of God. We have learned a lot from the Habashy family. Their natural optimism has been at times a breath of fresh air in the midst of discouragement. They have reminded us of the great generosity that God desires and requires from His children. They have blessed us with a profound joy within the beauty of their family and challenged us to live more holy lives.
Most recently we traveled to the US to visit relatives. We gathered one evening at the Habashy house where we had been staying for a few days. We experienced a community of about 65 Christians who had been touched by the life of this wonderful family. People who had come down on short term trips to Mexico, families whose children had gone and come back changed, and singles who longed to share their lives with others far away who have need of the gospel. All this because a family listened to God’s voice and said yes! What a witness! God has a plan for every family. How is He calling your family to work in the mission field?
Matthew 28: 18-20 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’