So, we are in the process of getting rid of stuff. Stuff we have accumulated over the years...some sentimental, some valuable, some...well, just stuff. Most of this has been relatively easy. Often the memories are the toughest to deal with. Stuff that belonged to one of our parents or even grandparents. Like my mum's old leather handbag - every time I look at it I see her digging for her lipstick or a comb or a tissue - how does one get rid of that? But I did...and, indeed, we have to. We cannot take this stuff with us to Gambela and we cannot store it here and we cannot shove the stuff onto our children. We must lighten the load and go out like the disciples of Jesus - with nothing extra.
The hardest thing right now? Our bedroom suite. It is a work of art. Indian Rosewood with brass Indian figurine inlays. But it is big and bulky and heavy and...just not something we can ship over to Ethiopia.
Strange, but we almost feel as if we are liberating ourselves. With each new item set aside, sold, given away, or thrown away, we sense a feeling of relief. One less thing to carry. One less thing to lose. One less thing to care for, worry over, protect...
And in the midst of it all, I found this story...it is entitled: A lesson at the bottom of the ocean
Once you read it, you will understand. It is a lesson for us...all...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Rejoice with us!
Our official acceptance letter from SAMS has arrived.
We are now officially SAMS missionary candidates. The next step is to find people who will be willing to share in this ministry as partners through prayer and financial support.
We do ask for your ongoing prayers as we move forward with our Lord.
We also ask for you to pray earnestly for Resurrection Fellowship as we seek the Lord's guidance on our future as a church. Louise and I both feel that we are members and representatives of this Body to Ethiopia.
Johann and Louise