Tonight, Saturday, May 14, 2011 as we have taught our last lesson and are preparing to go home I have asked my precious team to give you a small glimpse into a “God moment” from this past 9 days….
How do you summarize a life-changing experience in just a few sentences? Maybe a few disjointed phrases is all I can manage: LAUGHTER with old and new friends as we travel through a different land with similar struggles and challenges. JOY in seeing God work in each church and teaching time and craft. WONDER at God’s creation. AMAZEMENT at God’s faithfulness to answer every prayer big and small.
I could just sign my name after Charlotte’s entry because she summarized our time here so well. Every prayer prayed in preparation for this trip has been answered by our Sovereign God. Our relationships with the Lord, with each other, and with our new friends at the AWT have been enhanced, enriched and blessed. It will be so difficult to say goodbye tomorrow, but we have the promise of spending eternity with them. Thank You, Lord.
To look back at a whole week and choose one highlight is almost impossible. But from a big picture perspective – women are much the same – mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends. We may not speak the same verbal language but the language of the heart connects us through Jesus.
There is light that shines from Jesus in the eyes of His own. In a dark place, His light is bright. I remember looking into the eyes of the deaf women. Most were sad and dark, confused in purpose, but one set blazed with life and light. She is the one who testified for His name before the group when the Lord asked me to be silent. Now I understand why…He left her behind to show them the WAY!!! Praise God!!
One of the sweetest memories was Rana sharing her heart about the affect the team had on her personally. Everyone needs encouragement. God sends each one of us into the lives of others to offer a timely word, or hug, or smile, or maybe just a listening ear. It’s a reminder that God really does care about His people. As we step out and encourage others, we too are encouraged. I love how our God works. It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of Team Barnabas. I am changed.
My memories will always found in the eyes of the women here in Jordan. I saw:
Dull, lifeless eyes
Eyes filled with joy
Eyes closed in tender worship to Jesus
Faces that were so veiled you could only see their eyes, but oh, when we
connected….those smiling, grateful eyes were a blessing to me
Eyes of friends deeply connected on the same mission
In closing I would like to describe this amazing team:
Full of love for each other
Willing to do whatever God asks
PRAISING GOD TONIGHT!!!!!!!
Please pray for us as we close out this blessed time with 20 hours of “on the ground” & “in the air” travel. We love you and can’t wait to see you!!!