A week ago we were blessed to meet together with a group of new friends over BBQ chicken and conversation.
But, not just any conversation.
It was rich fellowship, encouragement and prayer.
You see, these new friends are behind why we are doing what we’re doing.
Maybe I’ve shared this in a previous post, but it’s worth sharing again. A little background.
We first met our Silver Cord friends at a Mission Connexion NW just two years ago. Serving as volunteer Exhibitor Coordinator at this event, I would welcome exhibitor applications and arrange their locations for the event. Silver Cord cam through as a new applicant that year. As I read their bio, something stirred in my soul. Something that had been tucked away for quite some time – the idea that even I could possibly travel to regions beyond my cultural comforts! Silver Cord’s area of focus? CHINA
And, the rest is history. Our encounter is leading us on a journey we never imagined in a life time. For someone of our generation, to even cross the borders of China was once deemed impossible.
And, here we were, meeting again – encouraging and praying for a couple returning home from where we will be going in a few short weeks. I recall this couple’s excitement. I remember their delight as they looked forward to the “unknown” at that time. They were the first to lead the way for the rest of us.
Since then another couple has gone and returned with exciting news of new friends and experiences, just as the first couple did. We will be the third couple, and next year, there are plans for those returning for another visit.
These and others of the Team are all connected because of China. It’s fascinating how God’s people are drawn together. We don’t all attend the same church, nor even live in the same town. But, we are connected by the same purpose – to build friendships in China while encouraging those who live there. The fields are white for the harvest.
Last weekend, we gathered again….Ron and I continue to marvel at this new circle of friends. Since our meeting at MCNW, these precious lives have become near and dear to us. Their deep love for our Savior overflows in their love for one another, which includes us! Their insight as to what it means to leave the familiar in order to bring Good News and encouragement to those in far-away places, is priceless.
Words cannot express the instant bond.
And then, there are those who read this blog.
And those who meet with me over coffee.
And those who want to “know” what we’ll be doing over the next three months.
And our children, who are listening, blessing, caring for us through these days.
And our church family.
And so many more.
It’s a team effort. We couldn’t do this with out each and every one!