In which I realize something totally obvious.

We've been in Santander 3 weeks now. We have a grocery store. A knife for cutting food. A pan with a wonky handle. And most importantly, we have made some friends.

Before we came, I spent a lot of time trying to find out what God was doing here. Danielle reminded me often (it took a while to sink in) to let God worry about that--it isn't my responsibility to make sure He's working. However, through a series of fortunate accidents, we met John Hill, from Chicago. He and his team run a discipleship program here for 18-25 year old folks. They learn the Word, they learn ministry, and they're given an opportunity to serve. Pretty cool.

When we first showed up here, Jeff, John's counterpart, picked us up and he and his wife helped us along. It was a blessing. After we left their home that night, Danielle mentioned that they're just people, living life as God gives it.

That got me thinking.

I've realized something I think I should have realized long ago. Or maybe I knew it, but didn't realize I knew it. Or its something I knew but didn't understand; like how an airplane can stay up in the air, or slinkies. At home, we were already missionaries. We didn't have to go to Spain to be missionaries.

I know, I know. All three of you readers are saying, "well, duh." Think about this though. If you're a believer in Christ, and you're serving people, you're a missionary. Its simply living your life to Glorify God by blessing and serving others. Thats it.

We've watched Jeff and Carolyn for a few hours. Their kids go to school, they eat spaghetti, they have phones and have to argue with the bank just like the rest of us. "but oh! They've been sent to Spain!!" So what! You've been sent wherever you've been sent. Use the time! Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time!

Live sharing Jesus.

We met the pastor of the church here (for the life of me, I can't remember what its called). He surprised us on sunday when he came up and started speaking english. With a british accent. We are having lunch with him and his wife next week. I let slip that we are eager to find out why on earth God brought us here. Pray for him and for us, for wisdom and for faith that God will lead us.

Pray for Danielle as she goes to school to teach. And pray for me as I continue to work with my team in north Carolina, that I would be a light to them while I still can.


Anonymous said...

Aprendida Comida. It's just fun to say. Keep posting. They will come. You're up to 5 readers with Ron and I. Love you guys. R & T

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