Family Reunion

Every day I feel a little more excited about our trip. But now that it’s just three weeks away, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at times. There’s so much that needs finished. This person wants to meet with us and that person needs our help and this piece of media equipment needs fixed and that part of the house needs cleaned. Joel assured me this morning that we would get it all done. We’ll be traveling a little the next two weekends making it difficult to be overly productive at home. But our last weekend will be spent at home (well that’s the plan). We made an intentional decision to stay home so we could make sure everything was done before we leave. I know that the next three weeks are going to fly by.

It was so good seeing some family from Mexico this weekend. I haven’t seen anyone from the church in since this time last year. It was so nice to feel that same sense of family with them again. Everyone is excited for us to be coming. I found out they have a translator at the church! So hopefully we’ll be able to understand the message every week. Pastor Gustavo, Miss Claudia and the rest of the church are so hospitable. I can’t count how many times someone told us this weekend if we need anything to let them know or that they’re praying for us. Last night at the end of service, the group from Mexico prayed for us. All I heard translated was that they were praying for a safe trip for us. My first thought was, uh shouldn’t we be praying for their safe trip? After all, they’re the ones driving back in a van tonight. But they all gathered around and prayed and Pastor Gustavo and Miss Claudia stood in front as someone translated what Miss Claudia said. I don’t remember anything that was said, but I remember feeling the love. Again, as they were praying I thought shouldn’t we be the ones praying for them? It wasn’t that I felt better than them, but they drove 24 hours for this conference so they could receive what God had for them not pour out for others. It was a very humbling moment for me. From the time I spent with this group over the weekend, the thing that has stuck with me the most is what Miss Claudia said to me Saturday night. She said that we have a big family down there excited and waiting for us to come. Wow. How awesome is that?! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us.

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