Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its flavor, how will it’s saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
I share with you the story of a 19 year old named Leydi, motherless, raised by her father and close relatives. A year ago I had the opportunity to meet her more closely since she was one of the teachers of the Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the “bateyes” or communities surrounded by sugar cane. These are places where Haitian immigrants come to cut sugar cane while living in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. Leydi served faithfully in the (VBS) and I saw in her the gift of teaching. Leydi was not teaching at her local church in La Romana. In her community, this gifted teacher, Leydi, was salt that was stuck in the salt shaker.
Leydi said: “God’s purpose did not develop in my life because fear gripped me. The fear of not being liked by people. A fear of rejection had created the desire to be separated from others. Therefore, as a member of the Maranatha Baptist Church, I was not part of the ‘small groups’ of young people and did not know the gift that God had put in me.” Leydi, as salt, could not leave the saltshaker easily because, as she kept telling me, “I had no security in myself and I cared more what others were saying than what Christ said about me.”
Leydi was stagnant as the Dead Sea! Leydi was at a dead end. God’s purpose and function to spice up all around her could not be performed by fear. Therefore, she was dead, fruitless, lifeless. In the Vacation Bible School last year, Leydi began to try something different, living among others, she watched the lives of children around sugar cane. They have no hope of getting out of that environment. Leydi had the opportunity to share, to listen experiences of other young people everyday, God began to speak to her life. She understood the purpose for which she was created when she began to let God take the saltshaker where she was well guarded as salt. Through God shaking the saltshaker, she began seasoning the lives of children around her. Leydi began to serve and deepen her experience with Christ and she continued to grow more aware of Christ’s love for her and others.
Today God continues to fulfill His promises, bringing life and hope. Last Monday I took the team of teachers and teachers from different churches of the Alliance of Baptist Churches to the beach. I asked Leydi to write about her experience of how she has grown through service. Leydi writes: “When I met Ketly, she has been a mainstay helping me to get closer to the purpose of Christ. I started going to the VBS in “bateyes” with the aim of teaching children the Word of Christ. I have been reminded that Christ is in me and that without Him I am nothing.”