WOW! My two favorite events on this earth are births and rebirths. Last night, Jade and I met with Jeremy and his wife. The conversation began with curiosity about Christianity and moved toward inner peace, new life, ears to hear and the love of Christ dwelling within us. When we began to speak of these things, Jeremy visibly changed. The more we talked the more we realized how God had been pursuing him and softening his heart. After I had spoken on thingslike sin, repentance, forgiveness, the gift of salvation and a new relationship with God, I listened as Jeremy began to pray. He said things like, "God I know I've done stuff against you" and "there's nothing I want more than to just love you" and "God you are my king now". Jade and I huddled next to he and his wife as we all prayed. Today there's a new brother in the family, a soldier joining the ranks. Join us in welcoming him to the family and praising God for his unceasing love!
This morning was one of the most important events in our family history. If you would have told us five years ago that on this day we would be commissioned to full-time missionary service by World Gospel Mission we probably would have
laughed. God has truly rewritten our story. The commissioning signifies an agreement between God, WGM and our family regarding the calling on our lives. We are incredibly blessed and encouraged to have such a wonderful organization supporting and sending us!
My favorite dress is white, knee length, v-neck with lace at the collar. She has a favorite dress, too. My favorite soda is an ice cold Coke in a glass bottle. She has a favorite soda, too. She has a favorite song, with a favorite dance. She has a favorite friend to laugh with and a favorite elder with which she seeks council, just like me. What happened to her was not her fault. She did nothing wrong. She is still beautiful. She was raped by a group of men who took from her. In the midst of her horror, she fled her country and found refuge at a camp in Uganda. There she was given shelter, counseling, food and basic medical help. Due to the physical trauma she endured during the rape, she is currently confined to her home.
She is a stay at home Mom with two little boys. Her husband is a mechanic. She lives in a modest home with an open door where Friday nights people gather to enjoy a pitch in meal. She's been sewing for years. I remember sitting at her kitchen table pummeling her with questions while we pieced together quilts for my children. She is sewing right now.
Today is International Women's Day. As I reflect on these two women I cannot help but pause in awe. The sewing woman will soon bring to my house a delivery of Dignity Project feminine products which I will then take to the post office. They will travel the world and end up in Uganda eventually making their way to the home of our beloved woman in need. With our products and a little help from her friends she will be given a freedom that was once taken from her. She will be able to walk and meander. She'll be able to show off her favorite dress and share her favorite soda with her favorite friend. Women's Day is not just a day for pampering. Today we recognize the fighters whose dignity has been ripped away. Today we fight to give it back.
The day of Ezra's spiritual birth! His older sister Sophie tearfully shared the salvation message with him. In a circle on our living room floor, with his family surrounding him in prayer, Ezra confessed his sins, declared his need for the Savior and told God he wanted to live for Him for the rest of his life.
Parenting is the strongest form of discipleship. We are overjoyed at the four little disciples of Christ that God has entrusted to our care! We want this home to be a house of worship!