Stepping Out of My comfort Zone
This past weekend I went to the woman’s retreat/camp at our church. I knew that going was what God wanted me to do, but I also knew how much I would be stepping out of my comfort zone (God seems to ask me to do this a lot). My comprehension of French is getting better, but now I was spending an entire weekend in French, without Joel’s help. I am accustomed to the heat here without AC, but now I had to survive it without fans. I am familiar with Senegalese culture, but this was FULL immersion. I often felt out of place, uncomfortable and unsure, but this weekend I was so touched to see how God is at work in our small church community here. As much as I don’t like stepping out of my comfort zone, it seems like God usually uses those times to show me how and where He is at work.
Highlights of the Weekend
I knew it was going to be a weekend unlike any other when the first thing that came out, after we all loaded up into the van, was the drum. The woman sang the whole way (1hr+) to the camp grounds.
There were 49 women present from 5 church (3 village churches and 2 in our town). The women spoke 3 different languages and were from very different walks of life, but we all came to worship the same God.
It was amazing to spend time with women from the village churches. Many of them have given up a lot to follow Christ and are very hungry to learn more from his word.
I prayed throughout the weekend that God would continue to help me know how to love the women of our church. It is not an easy or natural thing for me to do, because we are so different. Yet he is slowly teaching me how to love.
WOW!! It was an amazing weekend. I only wish that words could to justice to what God is at work doing here!
Pray With Us This Week
I came home from retreat and 7 hours later (at 4 in the morning) Joel left to help a family move down to Guinea. He will stay part of this week helping them unpack and set up their house and then he will drive back the mission vehicle on his own. This is Joel’s first time south of where we live, so pray for safety on a very unfamiliar road. Also pray for me as I will be home with the boys alone all week (after a very restful weekend :)).