It’s Thursday, and I finally had an opportunity today to sit down and update you all!
This week is actually midterm week at school, and I had one of my midterms this morning. I had a plan to write an update on Tuesday but I got sidetracked with a few other pressing tasks. So here I am, about to go to class for the last time today and I thought I’d take a few minutes to write some stuff down. So here goes…
It struck me just a few days ago that we seriously only have 10 WEEKS until we depart! That’s scary, nerve-wracking and exciting all at the same time! With our departure date getting closer, it’s reminding me of where I was at this time last year. Since I didn’t leave until mid-June last summer, I had tons of time to wait and think about the journey ahead. This year, it’s a whole different ball game. I am afraid, I am a little apprehensive, I am a little intimidated to go to a place that is the virtual opposite of where I was before. But even though I have these feelings, I have even bigger assurance that EVERYTHING is going to work out. It is a total blessing to be able to say that, and mean it with every fiber of my being.
My team and I, in training on Monday, worked on storying a little more. If at all possible, my mind is blown even more now than it was the first time I had ever heard about storying. It is such a basic concept, and such an easy way to share with people. It is a form of communication, bridging so many different gaps between cultures and people groups, and it is a challenge to memorize stories to tell. But it is a challenge I know my team is ready to take on.
In team time that night, my awesome leader took a slight detour from what team-time normally looks like and decided to share with us the reason why we are going in the first place. The reason is simple, and it is the commandment we all have placed on our lives. We are placed here for one reason, and that is to share love with every single person in the world. And not just any love, the one and only true love, the one and only everlasting love. The only love that has the power to save. It is exciting and challenging call we have chosen to accept, and we came away remembering the choice we made to resolve and commit to the call and to each other.
Our team is growing closer, but we all still need prayer. As our semesters go on, schedules are getting busier, exhaustion is setting in, and time to sleep is intermittent at best. But even as we are tired going to class, through training, to work and back home, we rest assured that the power of prayer is strong and prominent. Love is real, and support is powerful, and I would like to ask on the behalf of my team that you keep praying and keep us in your thoughts.
This was a short update, but I plan on updating next time with a video. Writing down everything I am learning is helpful, but I think everything would be a little bit better if I shared verbally why I go and what it means to me to have your support.
Thank you, and blessings!