Hello dear friends. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had our Monday times together. Know that I’ve missed you and that I’ve been praying for you!
Here I sit listening to the birds chirping outside, drinking coffee out of my Europe mug, and reminiscing on the month of June. Ben, Oliver, and I were scheduled to be at a month long missionary training in Missouri for the entire month. We had classes everyday usually from 9am-8pm with a few breaks in between. Most days I could hardly catch my breath!
Every moment was wonderful. Every dinner, banquet, class, session, meeting. I was on information overload! I can’t even begin to explain the things I have learned on how to be effective in building the kingdom of God. Our leadership is beyond compare. I am so happy to be a part of the Missions family, Europe family, and someday live in Montenegro sharing the truth of Jesus.
Our month, in a nutshell, was exactly what we needed. I could go into detail of the sessions that changed my life and nuggets of wisdom that I learned everyday. I could tell you stories about Oliver loving his time making other missionary kid friends and learning to dance. But today, my heart is overwhelmed for other reasons. There were times where the new missionaries and the veteran missionaries (those who are already serving in their countries) had worship times together. On this particular day, as the band played, I found myself in a room filled with people who were singing, “I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. Though none go with me, still I will follow.” I watched families sing aloud that they would follow Jesus no matter the cost, knowing they were going to countries where they would probably be persecuted and even killed for their faith. A room full of people who decided that the call of God on their lives was more important than their own plans. A room full of people who had a moment of knowing they had to leave their family, friends, and everything comfortable. A room full of people who, knowing that they may never come back, willingly had given their lives so that those across the world would find hope in Jesus like they had.
I watched as hands were raised in worship to Jesus and voices proclaimed the greatness of our God.
What an honor it was to be in a room filled with missionaries to all different countries. My prayer during that time of worship is still my prayer today and will always be: that I would continue to follow Jesus without turning back. No matter what comes my way. I pray the same for you. If you already know Jesus and have experienced his forgiveness and grace, I pray that you would be strong in your faith. Whatever season of life you’re in, whatever it is you may be facing, may you continue to follow Jesus. May you continue to experience His forgiveness and grace. And if you have not yet decided to follow Him, I still pray the same for you. That you would open your heart so that you can experience His forgiveness and grace. If those who follow Christ are willing to leave their families behind, learn a new language, learn a new culture, just to adequately share of their hope in Him, it must be a pretty great thing 🙂
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Monday. As you sipped your coffee this morning, what was it you thought about? Are you hopeful today? I hope you find encouragement in the beginning of a new week!