Field Notes

Words Flow Like Water—No Matter the Language

by: Meredith Maines
March 22, 2013

Annie has been a loyal Living Water International volunteer, a short-term trip participant, and is now a new staff member! She also studies Spanish at the University of Houston with a heart that beats for Nicaragua. Read how she experienced God’s presence on a recent well-drilling trip with Houston Baptist University.

"On this trip to Nicaragua—my third—I was pumped to get started and ready to love the staff and the community. Though each trip’s purpose has been to spread the gospel and bring clean water in Jesus' name, this time I experienced God in a different way. 

"Thursday night we joined the staff to worship at their local church, Hosanna Granada. As the service started, I was surprised by how much Spanish I understood and how responsive I could be. I always wondered what it would be like to worship God in another language—would it would be that different? As we sang, the words captivated me. It was so beautiful to praise God in Spanish! The words began to flow, I released it all and started to dance. 

"When we got back to the house we all shared how in awe we were of God’s presence there. Even our driver who doesn't know Christ committed to come back to church. I don't remember the last time I felt that filled with the Holy Spirit, let alone in another language.

"It was then I realized that it doesn't matter what language you use to praise God—He, of course, speaks them all."