Whew. What a week.
We are waiting for our plane, leaving Philadelphia to return to sunny SoCal. We have been in “missionary wanna-be boot camp” for the past 7 days…12-hour days….looong days…..:) We have been “RACEing” (Reciprocal Assessment Candidate Evaluation) with World Team, which means that we have been assessing and being assessed by their staff and counselors to see if we would be a good “fit” as their missionaries. In the meantime, Grandpa Born has been taking care of all four kids and two dogs all by himself. He sounds pretty good on the phone, we’ll see how exhausted he is tonight at the airport. I get to cuddle my kidlings SOON!! 😀 😀
This week has been such a stretching, bending, compressing experience that when asked what I thought about it my immediate visual image was that of a spring that has been stretched well beyond its normal endurance and then snapped together and is just sitting there vibrating. Thus the title – sproing! That’s where I’m at. 😉
We have met some wonderful people this week, it’s been so hard to say goodbye! Nathan and I said to each other about half-way through “Well, if going with World Team as missionaries means getting to hang out with people like this, we’re in!” We have been very encouraged by the caring hearts of the WT staff as well…especially considering it’s very hard to like people who sit watching you with notebook in hand for 3 days. 😛 Yet everything that we have been told about ourselves has been said in a caring, compassionate way so that we have no doubt that the assessors wish us good, not evil. Nathan and I both feel like we have been encouraged by God, and yet also brought to awareness by God of some areas where He would like to work in our lives. Whatever happens next, it is so true that the Lord disciplines those He loves…and ending the week sure of His discipline AND His love is so sweet.
These two verses have been meaningful to me these past couple of days. Enjoy, and probably more updates coming soon. 😀
(2 Timothy 1:7) for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
(John 10:10) I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.