The sun came up today and one
the neighborhood emptied out until only we were left.
While they were heading off to their next destination, we spent the day doing our pre-trip laundry, cleaning, and packing. And then we finished off the day with a community dinner with the missionaries and their families.
So lovely to end our time here with more missional inspiration! And some delicious “breakfast for dinner” treats!
Tomorrow will be an early start for us as we make our way south and east to our November SOWER project at Camp Grace in Fairmont, NC. It’s just a little over 200 miles, and even with a stop to get the truck tires rotated at a Costco outside of Charlotte, we should be at our destination by the afternoon. New location for us, some new SOWERs to work with (and some we’ve worked with several times before) – let the adventure continue!
Thanks for stopping by!
Every project blesses us in different ways. This month’s project, CIT (Center for Intercultural Training), has blessed us in many ways, but perhaps the most memorable way was during our morning devotions. For the first week different CIT staff members came and shared their stories of how God brought them to CIT (most have served on the foreign mission field) and what God is doing in their lives now. And then these last two weeks participants in the current training course came to share their hearts and God stories. Each of these folks – young, mid-life, single, married with littles – are headed overseas – Japan, Asia, England, Europe, South America – and are part of many different mission agencies. But each of them had such a heart for the lost and the unreached. We were so inspired by their journeys so far – and the vision they cast for years to come. And then two days each week we were able to also join them for a meal, where we were able to see them in a less structured setting for more conversation. And maybe snuggle a baby or two! Sometimes in our happy little bubble of serving at Christian ministries we forget about the larger picture of the millions of people who have never heard the Good News of the Gospel. This month was a beautiful reminder of the fields ready for harvest – and the workers that are setting out to fulfill that Great Commission. And that even if we can’t physically go, we can fervently pray for those who can!
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
These are the prayer cards from several of the folks that we’ve met these last few weeks. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for these servants!
I learned two valuable lessons this month.
Number One –
Do not try to use duct tape while wearing gloves.
Number Two –
Do not ask Gary to smile for a picture.
What a goofball!
The last week of a SOWER project can go two ways. Either there is a major push to finish a job, or it’s kind of laid back-too late to start a new project – week. While I think the guys were busy knocking items off of their punch list, we ladies were blessed with a lovely low-impact week. In fact, it was quite a delight!
Monday we reported to the kitchen for our assignments. Two ladies headed off to a lightly used room that needed a quick cleaning, and two of us hung around the kitchen, put away dishes, worked on the kitchen laundry, and eventually we all pitched in to wash some toys!
Tuesday we were on lunch prep –
and we all enjoy that! Even the onion chopping!
Our bosses, Beverly and Esther, decided that Wednesday was a good day for the six of us to head to Black Mountain for some coffee and fun shopping. And who were we to argue???
Black Mountain is filled lots of interesting artsy-craftsy shops, and while I can’t say that any of those fun shops are going to be able to make payroll on our purchases, it was lovely to “shop” in this lovely town! It was a very special Wednesday!
Thursday it was back in the kitchen!
Chicken salad, anyone??? =)
What a fun Last Week!
Oh, the guys? Well, I know they were all kept busy the entire three weeks and managed to check off ALL the items on their job list! But since they were all working in different areas, it was hard to get pictures. Here is one photo I took this week of Gary –
Pretty sure I recognize that shoe….
The first half of each month my time is largely taken up with putting together the monthly SOWER newsletter. Here’s a link (or click on the photo below) to read the October Newsletter if you’d like to check it out!
And now that the second half of the month is here – let the fun begin!
Or at least the sewing!