I’m going to be honest and just say these past couple of days have been difficult. My RA has flared up and I have come down with the flu and ended up spending a full day in bed. I am unable to return to the kitchen, a challenging job, yes, but one that was so tremendously rewarding (and such a joy for me). Thankfully, there is always work to be done and they have found work I can accomplish, albeit at a slower pace. We can experience discouragement in ourselves when we don’t live up to our own expectations for whatever reason. I have to remind myself that the work has already been done when Christ went to the cross. Set aside being sick. Set aside my aches and pains. In the clear light of the Cross this place, Haus Edelweiss, is a beautiful, beautiful place to be serving the Lord.
Every morning our area coordinator leads our devotions and he has been sharing about the countries that are being represented by the students this session. We are hearing about the many, many challenges our brothers and sisters in Christ face in their own countries to reach the un-churched, while heartbreaking it is encouraging that there are willing disciples to go and preach the Word. I am so blessed to be even a tiny part of that mission. May God Bless all the students, professors, staff of Haus Edelweiss, my team, and all those home partnering with us, praying for us as we finish out this last week.
Today at lunch, I did not have to host a table. By the time I made it to the dining room from disinfecting the food-return table there were only a few options. Mikki was hosting a table and Jeff Bowers was sitting with her as well as a student named Yury, from Russia. I took my seat across from him. Yury has been a student for a while and has been at Haus Edelweiss several times that I have been there but we had never really talked before. He speaks english well, struggling with only a few words or phrases. We talked the entire mealtime!
I was so blessed that he felt he knew me well enough to talk about the needs of churches in Russia as well as his oldest daughter needing to come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is. He is trying to work with 8 different churches to find ways to motivate their congregations to get out of the church and go be Jesus to others. Sound familiar?
I have been here 6 times and each and every time is a new and different experience. My lunch chat with Yury was definitely a highlight. I think about how God has transformed me from the quiet, shy, introvert I once was into the person I am now and how I could have totally missed this moment in time if I would have stayed the same not allow God to grow me and help me move out of my comfort-zone.
I hope as Faith Promise approaches, that you will begin praying on where God could send you.