25 families. 25 sets of keys. 25 new homes built for the poor in one weekend in Mexico, all because of the power of yes.
This past weekend at YWAM San Diego/Baja, we celebrated the Homes of Hope 25th anniversary by building 25 homes for the poor. Homes of Hope is a ministry, pioneered by my parents, that hosts teams to come & build homes for impoverished families. The only requirement for families to qualify for a home is that they own & are making payments on their own land- the family is given the home free of charge. Each Homes of Hope build, a team comes in & builds along side the family receiving the home. In just two short days, the family has not only a brand new home, but a connection with new friends from a different culture, a glimpse of the immense love that Creator God has for them & most importantly a hope for a future.It is not only just a physical home- it transforms lives, it changes the way people think.
In 25 years of Homes of Hope, over 5,000 homes have been built for the poor, by over 102,000 volunteers in 19 different nations- & it’s still growing.
All of this has happened because of my parents’ willingness to say yes.
When God called them to move to Tijuana, Mexico all those years ago, as a young missionary couple, with three small children and no money, to pioneer a new YWAM base and a brand new ministry, they did something crazy: they said yes.
Not knowing what it would look like, how hard it would be, how many laughs & tears there would be, how many joys & challenges, or what exactly God had up His sleeve- they followed the dream God had put on their heart and it paid off. Even in the times they wanted to quit, they persevered & throughout these past 25 years & ongoing, God has proved Himself faithful.
You see-there is a power in yes.
In the Genesis when God called Abraham to go, he went. He took up his family & started going- not knowing the exact final destination. He believed in the promises of God & it was credited to him as righteousness.
God is looking for those who are willing. Those who are willing to walk this crazy adventure in trust and journey with the Creator of the universe as the guide. God is looking for those who will say yes.
I am beyond thankful that my parents said that first crazy yes to God and continued to say it.
As for me, I will choose to say YES GOD! Yes to whatever you are saying, whatever crazy idea you’ve placed on my heart, I give a full hearted yes. I’m all in with my yes, because when you say yes to God, He takes it and makes it something wonderful out of it.