I know, its been over a month since I’ve posted last… sorry, I just haven’t had much to say, I’ve been surprisingly busy, and I just really didn’t feel like writing anything.
I’ve had a few ideas about what I would like to talk about, but even as I write I’m not sure where this is going, so I’ll just start by giving a few updates and see where it ends up:
The “guard ministry” (read; Bible study) has gone well. We have gone through Galatians and will get through half of Ephesians by the end of our time here. I’m am really hoping and praying that one or all of the men will have a desire to continue it and step up to lead it once we leave. I have faith that they will, and Phil said he is going to add it to the list of ministries for the future interns to get involved with.
As our time here is wrapping up, things have continued to get progressively busier. The Eagles Wings project finished up two weeks ago, Sister Connection has been printing all this week, and Watoto is wrapping up the final corrections to hopefully begin printing early next week. The office has been a whirlwind of activity, and I’ve valued my earphones more than ever to mute the distractions and help me focus in on what needs to get done on my end, though earphones don’t help against distractions on ebay.
The thought of leaving is definitely bitter-sweet. On one hand I’m anxious to get home to normal smells and sounds, roads without sewage running across them to step over, not having to always look both ways on a one-way street, sprawling out on carpet and sitting in comfy furniture, and of course seeing my family and friends. Yet on the other hand it might be a bit tough saying goodbye to the staff and locals that I’ve gotten to know. Also I am pretty sure based on my experience coming back from Honduras, that adjusting back into stateside culture is going to be tough. I’m not looking forward to that reverse-culture shock and in many ways wish that I could bring back much of the culture here (and food) with me. I know that through this experience I have grown tremendously in my relationship with God and just as I said in my very first post, I hope my growth has been evident through the progression of this blog. Also, through your support you have helped change the lives of countless individuals, and as I reflect back on my time here I believe there is tremendous truth in that statement.
I wish I would have kept an extensive prayer log while I was here. I was reading through my moleskin notebook the other day, which has something written in it just about every two-three weeks or so. It, in a sense it is a notebook of my most coveted prayers. I don’t know why I was surprised, but each an every “prayer” or struggle that I had written down has been answered in some way while I’ve been here. In my opinion if you want to grow your prayer life, keep a notebook of prayers and read through it after a time to see how God has answered them. I have never felt more at peace or had more faith in God to provide with current struggles I am facing than when I read through past struggles and how God listened. As a side note, I can’t take credit for that idea, I got it from Charles Stanley a little over a year ago. But man! If only I would have kept a list of morning prayer request throughout this semester! It would have been typed pages and pages worth of requests, answers, and praises!! Phil, John, Brittney, any of you staff eMi’ers that might be reading this, take note.
Well, enough ramblings for now. I’ll say this is part 1 of “ramblings” though I’m not going to go as far and promise a part 2.
I’ve heard that summer arrived in the States, enjoy!