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I’m sitting in my little office at home tonight listening to all our neighbors’ noises like they’re physically inside our apartment. Up and down the stairs on the left. Hyper kids on the right. Yelping doggies to the front and frequent car alarms behind me, on our street below.
I can’t help but praise God for His blessings and the comforting reminders he gives us within our very own home. The noises don’t bother me like I might have initially expected. Perhaps it’s sometimes hard to concentrate on my work, sure, but it’s a gentle reminder of why we’re here. We’re not here to plant ourselves on comfy couches with a cup of coffee and facebook. We’re not here to find a safe, quiet home to burrow into and never meet our neighbors, never connect with the culture. God called us to Quito. We have Quiteño neighbors. And we have a mission.
Mike and I have so much ahead of us in this new assignment. Though we unfortunately must spend the majority of our time at our desks due to the nature of our jobs, I don’t want to miss out on opportunities. Chances that God gives us to meet people, to share our story with them and to create situations in which the Holy Spirit can do his work.
Tonight I am praying for more of these opportunities. Ideas for me personally of how I could connect, how I could minister to those in my new circle of acquaintances here in my new world. Mike and I want to fill our spare time, when we’re not serving the Lord with our administrative gifts, with activities God wants us to be a part of. Certainly it takes time to acclimate to a new culture and build relationships, but I pray that this can start forming and that we may respond to whatever call God rings out.
If you are a praying person, please help me lift this request up tonight. If you are not a praying person, just try it. You may finally discover the pure joy and hope for which we live everyday.