Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Today, as I dug my hands into the soil and carefully placed each vegetable seed in it's spot, God reminded me that ministry is much like gardening. First off, it's messy. You gotta get your hands dirty. The soil gets everywhere - the ground, the table, under your fingernails. You can't be afraid of making a mess and you can't be afraid to stick your hands into what God's doing.
Second, it's not up to you to make the seeds grow. You can do everything you can to create a healthy environment for them, but you can't control how they react to the soil, water, temperature, and their neighboring seeds. You've just got to be faithful in caring for them the best that you can. Just like with people, you can pray for them, spend time with them, give them as much spiritual food as you can, and even try to protect them from danger, but ultimately, their spiritual growth doesn't depend on you. It depends on God.
Lastly, you can celebrate and enjoy the fruits when they come...in their season. You've got to be patient while they grow. Celebrate the milestones and thank God when you see growth! And don't be surprised when some seeds don't do anything.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Maayo! Our adventure this week began with Sunday service and ended with a Word on the Street gathering. Both were great opportunities for us to catch up with people we have met since being here and get to know them more. At the WOTS gathering we talked about vision for the magazine and why they write for the magazine. Articles were also discussed, writers were assigned, and future writing topics were talked about.
God continues to go before us...with the shift of the Bible study to Tuesday evenings, on Monday night, we talked and prayed about where to best reach university students and get the word out about our new study location. When considering where to go, we kept in mind three things 1) The need for a copy shop to print the posters and quarter sheets 2) A location close to the study 3) We want to reach college students lost and needing Jesus. Of course printing didn't work as planned, but after asking a couple of students, we were led to an internet café that is frequented by students for the same purpose (and we were able to put up a poster there)! The two young ladies had an hour off and walked with us to the café and helped us get our items printed. These ladies are both in their 3rd year studying Early Education and want to work with young children. I must say it brought me back to my days spent in the Home Ec Building at Stout as we talked about their semester of assessment and development of curriculum and how the time commitment and fixed schedules means these ladies forgo day time events like a Bible study as they have class during most campus events. As I reflect on this experience and this trip so far I can't help but remember my week in America out with one night noting my experience after leaving that establishment 13 years ago in January forever changed my life and how God intervened and had a new plan for my life. We had an opportunity to put up posters and hand out quarter sheets at bakeries and eating places that university students frequent between classes (think downtown Menomonie but with fast food and roadside stands.)."Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell." —C. T. Studd