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God is moving, can you see it?
November 8, 2011 11:07 pm
Published in: On the Field Tags: , ,

“Give us today, our daily bread…”

I have literally prayed this prayer for years in church (you know, as part of the Lord’s Prayer) but have had literally no idea what it meant until I got to Africa.  Well hold on to your baguettes, things just got gluten-y over here!

Food goes bad quickly here in Africa.  I think is must be the lack of preservatives and processing, because my milk got lumpy within 4 days.  Whew, that was a lovely surprise.  This reality, on one hand, makes food much better for you.  It is fresher, and hasn’t been messed with as much.  But on the other it means you have to be a smart shopper and use the fresher stuff up within a few days, unless you really like moldy cheese…and meat… and bananas.  I’m not used to weekly, and sometimes daily shopping.  I like to stockpile, to only worry about groceries a couple times a month.  Well that just won’t fly here… I’ve got the chunky milk to prove it.

The future tends to freak me out, yet I choose to let my thoughts reside there.  I start thinking about tomorrow, which turns quickly into the following week, next month, and before you know it I’m agonizing over what is going to happen 10 years down the road.  Who needs a time machine when you have my grey matter?! My mind easily rockets to the future, or slips into dwelling in the past, yet it seems unsatisfied to abide in the present, in the moment, in the good stuff goin’ on right now.  I try to spiritually/emotionally/physically stock-pile for the future and become blind to how God has been providing for me, day by day.

Coming to Africa was hard.  There were (and still are) so many unknowns.  What will my home be like?  Can I really do this city thing?  Will I fit into my team well?  What about living alone?  Driving on the other side of the road?  A new language?  Malaria?  Water?  Is that a slug?!  It’s a lot for a girl from rural Montana to take in.  But everyday, there has been exactly enough bread.  Just what I needed.

When pulled up to my apartment for the first time, this hand-drawn sign was on the door…

It’s the little things really.  Small bursts of God’s goodness and love for me, presented in new ways each day.  A quick encouraging email.  An invite to go play volleyball, eat pizza and meet new people.  A verse on a slip of paper addressing just what I ended up needing later in the day.  A backyard BBQ complete with sloppy joes and sodas in glass bottles.  A handmade red-beaded bracelet from a sweet child.  Staying up late and talking about tough but beautiful times in life with a new friend.

He has proven Himself enough, every day… often in unexpected ways.  I am learning to relax, say thank you for my bread, and enjoy it with my God.

 “Two things I ask of you, LORD; 
   do not refuse me before I die: 
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; 
   give me neither poverty nor riches, 
   but give me only my daily bread. 
 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you 
   and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ 
Or I may become poor and steal, 
   and so dishonor the name of my God.”

Proverbs 30:7-9

April 6, 2011 9:33 pm
Published in: Pre-Field Tags: , , ,

 

Spring is in the air, and I’ve got some FUN up my sleeves!  My good friend and fellow missionary Holly Leonard and I are hosting a joint support-raising event, and I am SO pumped!

Here’s the skinny…

If you will be in the Missoula/Florence area at the end of April… mark your calendars!!!

Join Holly and I for a night of LIVE music, DELICIOUS dessert, and EXCITING news… we’re dusting off our passports and heading into FULL TIME ministry all over the globe!!!

Come to the Africa & Beyond fundraiser at Florence Carlton Community Church on April 30th at 5:30pm!

We will be sharing about our upcoming adventures into Africa, Asia, and beyond, and want YOU to be there!

Enjoy live music performed by our talented friends Grandfather Glen (Pat, Katherine, and Lizzie Cook), Daniel Beard, Courtney Mostad, Daniel Fernandez, and MORE!!

Partake in an array of scrumptious desserts, while sipping on a tasty coffee or tea! We will have gluten free options as well, never fear!

Bring your family, your friends, your special someone, all are welcome!! That includes your kids too… childcare WILL be provided!

OPEN donation at the door, all funds raised will be split evenly between Holly and I and go towards supporting our upcoming ministries with Africa Inland Mission International and Hope’s Promise Orphan Care Ministries (www.hopespromise.com). ANY amount blesses us tremendously!

Eat.
Worship.
Pray.
Partner.

We can’t wait to share this evening with all of YOU! Thank you for all of the love, prayers and support you have shown us already!!  The body of Christ is absolutely incredible!

See you there…

(The church is located at 20075 Old Hwy 93, Florence, MT 59833)