Quenching the Thirst Within

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well that,”I am thirsty and would like a drink.” (John 4:7) The Samaritans are the enemies of the Jewish people and Jesus is Jewish. If you flip a few chapters ahead you will see this is not the last time Jesus will ask an enemy for a drink. (John 19:28)

Could Jesus have gotten the water himself? The woman even says to Jesus,” Why are you breaking the taboos of our culture and you a male Jew ask me a female Samaritan for a drink?” (John 4:8)

She soon warms up to Jesus and tells him about all her former husbands and the live-in boyfriend. Jesus holds his ground and expresses an unconditional mercy and grace for this woman. He explains to her that it really is not the water in the well that has brought him to her. It is that he has a “living water” that can quench the real thirst that is within.(John 4:13-15) It is the developing relationship between these two that satisfies the true thirst.

When we enter a new culture we live out this story… in Five Points (Open Door), inner city Denver, Paris Elementary in Aurora,the Gathering Place on Colfax in Denver, in Haiti. For some us it was most recently in Nicaragua. The people of LeChureka (the site of the dump where 220 families live) are so loving and hospitable. They wanted us to hold their children, carry them around, play with them, and strive to overcome all barriers of language enough to say, “God loves you and so do I.”Brad challenged us to think, ”In the states, if a van load of Nicaraguans had showed up when your children were in elementary school and said, ’Don’t mind us, we are just going to be hanging out in the backyard alone with your kids.’ What would you of done? At best, I would have watched it all like an armed security guard, or at worst, chased them off like intruders who represented a foreign threat to my precious little ones. What the experience of developing relationships at the well allows, is the new creation of kingdom of God family that moves past direct blood lines, placing us firmly in the family tree of God.

I am not sure we can transform the culture of the United States to express the same level of trust to a stranger that our Nicaraguan brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews have afforded us. However, it is sure soothing to be in the space while there. The time was such a blessing to me. I pray that perhaps Jesus will use these lessons learned to encourage me to watch for the times God creates space for me in the suburbs of Denver and everywhere I land, to see what God might do to allow me and the other person to not see a foreign threat, but rather a family member I have not yet met.

Please continue to pray for us. We have been blessed by the prayers of our prayer partners and the prayers of all. You are a blessing.

This Sunday, the founder of Love, Light and Melody- Brad Corrigan, and the 6 most recent Nicaraguan missionaries from GGCC will offer stories and testimony. I hope you can make it.

Blessings this day,

David J. Jensen

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