Thursday, April 26, 2012

Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky

Speaking with the congregation at Smith Creek United Methodist Church in Missouri.

I stayed with former colleagues from Mozambique, Vaughn and Cindy Telfer (you can see the Mozambican wood-work behind hung over their fireplace).

I traveled to Indiana for meetings at the One Mission Society Headquarters.

I was blessed to be able to share at the OMS chapel service.

This special hug was representative to me for how it felt to be welcomed back by my co-workers who are serving on this side in the U.S.

The OMS office walls are covered with reminders of the work going on around the world.

The picture on the upper right is of a Mozambican man, Dinis, who is currently moving to an unreached area in Mozambique to plant new churches and disciple leaders.   

From Indiana, I traveled to Illinois to meet with two students at Moody Bible Institute to discuss women's ministry internship possibilities. 

While there, I was able to meet up with two of my favorite people, Bruce and Mabel Callender. God used the Callenders to open up the work and lead the team in Mozambique for ten years, which included my first two years, 2002-2004. I'm ever grateful for their example of servant leadership.  

I then traveled to Kentucky to speak with a group of students from Asbury University. We sat outside at night around a fire pit and shared about God's love, faithfulness, and power.  

While in Kentucky, I was also able to visit with one of my best friends, Candy, and her parents. 

Candy and I met in a small group at The Rock Church in San Diego, CA in 2001. She remembers the night when I timidly shared with our small group that I believed God was calling me to serve Him in Africa.

It has been amazing to see how faithful God has been in the last 10 years!