Part 1: The Gospel and the God of Dirt
Delgado doesn’t simply say, “I was called to Zalam.” Instead, he spends seven days wrestling with the calls to preach the gospel, intercede in prayer, and hear from God. He is cognitively aware of his call to preach—we may even argue it was self-imposed—and emotionally aware of his call to intercede. But is he aware of his call to hear from God? You may feel called to a nation or a people group, but what are the calls in your life that are developing you? What calls do you recognize cognitively, emotionally, spiritually? Is there a call you may be overlooking or attempting to ignore?
Delgado presents the stress he encountered while itinerating and proposes a correlation between prayer support and funds raised. What stress do you anticipate and how will you cope with unexpected stress? What mistakes does Delgado make with stress? With fundraising? If the correlation is true, what can we do about it?
Part 2: Wait, Walk, Run, and Do Not Fear
The prologue to Part 2 establishes the call we all share as central in following Christ—not to preach or pray, but the call to Jesus Himself. Delgado’s counselor is concerned that he has never seen Jesus. Have you? How do you feel about this quest?
Delgado brings the sin of pride onto the field and within a few months creates a seemingly irreparable rift in team unity. God confronts Delgado through his wife and strips away his job persona to bring him humbly to his core: to be a father figure to his students and to pray. Afterward, God invites Delgado to see the various parts of the team body and to be responsible to them by supporting them in prayer. What sinful baggage might you carry onto the field? Are you aware of your preconceived notions of who you think you are vs. the humble core of who God has made you to be? How is God asking you to serve His team?
We see God answer prayer (the hostages are rescued and Delgado’s young daughter accepts Christ), and yet, prayers also go unanswered (demons continue to invade Delgado’s home and rather than unify, the team fractures even more). What can we observe regarding the relationship between the corporate prayer of a unified body vs. that of a lone individual? Are we accepting or dismissive of the apparent correlation between the breaking of a few sand sculptures and a breakthrough in relationships? Can physical objects impact spiritual realities? How does Delgado know what to do and how can we best prepare for spiritual warfare?
Part 3: To Call for Cannons and Cry Out Songs