11.04.2008

Meeting New Friends

Our church, Westover, is having a global celebration all this week to celebrate 60 years involved in global missions as a church. It is the neatest time, because missionaries Westover support, come from all over the world to share what they are doing and what they are learning. Well being MKs (missionary kids) ourselves, Eric and I get excited about thinking of ways we can be involved in their ministry from where we are in Greensboro...the perfect solution came to us - hosting!! So we cheerfully signed up to host a missionary family for the week they are visiting/partaking in the celebration week. We are so thrilled we did!! The couple that has been at our house this week is amazing! They both have so many background similarities as us and it is always so neat how much shared identity there is among MKs. We have been so blessed by their time with us; we are glad we have a few more days together left! Though they have very busy schedules throughout the week, we still have been able to talk, share, laugh, and just get to know each other a bit. Eric and I know we will continue to pray for them as they continue to follow where the Lord leads them through the years. Also, what a challenge it has been to us to hear about their enthusiasm for ministry; to forsake everything, including safety, family/friends, cultural familiarity for the desire to serve others for the glory of God? Praise our Almighty Lord, who is worth forsaking all else to glorify who He is!

4 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm sure they have been very blessed by you too :)

The Shillings said...

Sarah - the couple knows Steve Barenze (sp?) and Eric was getting a kick out of that since your class had him for two years at BFA and he was Eric's soccer coach! This couple had become very close to him during college and heard lots of BFA/Europe stories so it's funny how small the world is...other things kept coming up too. :)

Rebekah said...

Where are they working?

The Shillings said...

Bek - They are still support raising for a April 1st departure to a country they can't tell us. It's a country that is predominantly Muslim and was closed until recently so it is pretty dangerous...somewhere North-Eastern Africa.