I first met Albertina when I started visiting Honduras in 2008. She was only 4 pounds at 6 months old, and her mother was quickly declining in health as well. After staying in a hospital for a month, they returned to their village. She is now 9 years old and spent the entire spring break week with our college team while we were in Honduras.
On the last day of the trip, I started to speak to Albertina through a good friend and translator named Lucy. I placed Albertina in my lap and said; “Albertina, you have been rescued by God. I am praying that as you begin to hear the name of Jesus, that you understand and believe that He has rescued you. He has brought you out of death and into life.” I looked over to Lucy who had stopped translating and was crying softly. Lucy said she remembers me saying those exact words to her as a little girl. “Those words always meant so much to me.” It was an immediate reminder of that passage in Isaiah 55; “it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
That moment with Albertina reminded me that what we speak has weight and power and God’s words do not return void. As a very distant connection, I’ve seen God weave His way through Albertina’s lives in an incredible way. He has literally rescued her from death, and I pray that she soon knows His name and His voice.