Tuesday, September 15, 2009

whirlwind weekend

Whew! It was a whirlwind, indeed!

4 planes, 850 miles in a rental car, 1 speeding ticket (oops), 3 nights on an air mattress, 2 nights on a futon, and lots of restaurant food later and I am home!

And super thankful that I got called off from work today! I got home about 2am this morning and was planning to get up at 5 and head to work, but didn't have to! That is one time where it's always nice to hear the phone ringing at 5am.

Anyway, about the weekend...

Ever wonder what you might find on I29 between Omaha, NE and Fargo, ND?? The answer is:


Like, lots and lots of it. Like multiple states worth of it. Like more corn than you ever wanted to see. So, now you know.

(And about that speeding ticket... 80 in a 75 on the interstate in the middle of cornfields. Really?? I don't deny that I was speeding, but really?? And, for the record, that was the one lone police car that I saw between Omaha and Fargo going both ways. Go figure...)

But anyways...

There is exciting news to share!

Some of you know that this trip to Omaha was for more than just a visit. It was actually an interview for a staff position in Peru. Yes, I am finally actually taking that step! In case you are a bit lost right now, I will back up a bit...

My first trip to Peru was on a Servant team with Word Made Flesh back in 2004. During the four months that I was in Lima, the Lord broke my heart for the poor, and specifically for the Peruvian youth on the street. They became my friends. I learned a lot during that time about God's heart for the poor through Scripture. So often in the Bible God shows concern for or makes provisions for those who are poor. I love the verse Jeremiah 22:16, which says, "He [King Josiah] judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the Lord." (ESV) My knowledge of the Lord has surely been impacted by my friends living on the streets of Lima.

Over the years since my Servant team, I have returned to Peru on many occasions and have tried to stay connected with the Word Made Flesh community there. I have a definite love in my heart for Peruvian people and for the ministry that the WMF community is doing there. I have struggled to determine exactly what would be my role in that ministry. However, over the past year or so I have realized more clearly that the Lord is calling me back to Lima in a more permanent sense. In obedience to that call, I am heading back to Lima for 3 years to serve on staff with the WMF community.

Yes, I said 3 years. Yes, I know that's a long time. And while it is a scary step with many sacrifices involved, I am confident that God is leading me and that He is faithful!

I assure you that you will hear more about this. I do not have definite plans for when I will go, as I still need to sell my house and assemble a team of supporters before I can think about leaving. I appreciate your prayers for the house-selling process and for the coming months of preparation. I am anticipating seeing the Lord move in some really amazing ways during this time of preparation, and I can't wait!

And, just for fun, here are a couple more pictures from Omaha:

The WMF US office, which is in this really cool old building. I love the brick walls inside!

The new WMF logo above the door to the office

The other new "fleshies" (from left to right) - Becky and Adam are headed to El Alto, Bolivia; Dan is headed to Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa; and Annie will be part of the pioneering team for a new field in Moldova (which is a small country bordered by Romania on the west and surrounded by Ukraine on the east - I had never heard of it before either)


Julie Tiemann said...

So exciting! I figured that might be what was going on. :) Can't wait to hear more about your upcoming adventure!!

monica said...

yahoo yahoo yahoo!

love you, mon & lins

::athada:: said...

nice picture of us!