There’s a first time for everything. During partnership development I have encountered many firsts. These firsts are often moments of sudden emotion ranging from dismay to surprise, from unbelief to amazement, from nervousness to excitement. Let me explain the types of things that cause these emotions…
Dismay – That was the feeling I had the first time a pastor announced from the pulpit that I would like to have lunch after the service. In other words, I was there as the guest speaker, and he was asking for someone to volunteer to provide my lunch that afternoon. The temporary dismay turned to amazement as I received multiple invitations for lunch.
Anxiety – I was planning a weekend visit to a church several hours away when a lady I had only briefly met offered to open her home to me during my stay. It must be perfectly normal to stay with people you barely know or have never met, right? I know I should expect this sort of thing, but it isn’t normal or natural for me. Now, however, I’m excited about trips to their church where I can reconnect with them!
Astonishment – Four months after speaking at a church I returned for a visit. I was stunned when a lady greeted me and told me how she keeps my prayer card in a kitchen cupboard where she is regularly reminded to pray for me. I had never spoken to her before that and hadn’t even known her name. I was humbled by her commitment to lift me up in prayer before the throne of our Father!
Privilege – In one church a retired gentleman approached me to share how he had the desire to go to Paraguay as a missionary, but for a variety of reasons it never happened. I am starting the same dream and blessed to be watching God provide and bring me closer every day!
Shock – The first time someone approached me after hearing me share and immediately wanted to support me on a monthly basis, I was shocked. Each of these instant commitments give me an exhilarating reminder of how our Great God unifies the body of Christ and prepares my path before me!
Partnership development has been a journey, and I am thankful for the experiences and lessons learned along the way. Clearly there are more firsts to discover and lessons to learn since the journey is not over. All of life is a journey including many firsts. I can’t wait to share the variety of firsts awaiting me in Paraguay!