I am here!!!
After a 16 hour flight and a week and a half of orientation in Botswana, I’ve made it to JoBurg, and I am settling into my flat and office today. I’ve even already been shown how to work the espresso machine. Sorry, kidneys.
I don’t even know where to begin when someone asks me about orientation. It was the most challenging and rewarding week of my life. The first 24 hours were hard, really hard, and there were many times where I just wanted to RUN back home. Back to the comfortable and the easy. Back to my quiet little house and my family. And it was in those times that, no matter how many people may have been around me, I had only the Lord to depend upon. I had to rely on the truth that He called me here and brought me here, and that I am privileged enough to join Him in this beautiful adventure, for HIS glory. Because it is not. about. me.
“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” Hebrews 10:38
I have learned much about myself and much about the Lord this week. Being a part of a team has meant coming face-to-face with my selfishness. Joining this team, being away from my family, and working with the IMB will definitely require and has already required some hard decisions. We have been consistently asked if we are willing to do whatever it takes to take the gospel to the nations. And I have already gotten just a glimpse into how difficult answering that question is. But it is all for my good and for His glory. And I can rest in that.
I am insanely blessed. I get to work alongside two beautiful and talented ladies every day (we call ourselves the Jozi 3 by the way), in addition to the many other people here in the office. And I have a support team of 12 other INCREDIBLE Hands On students in Sub-Saharan Africa, who I know are praying for me, and who I get to pray for on a regular basis.
The Jozi 3 Team Verse: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
He is up to something, guys. Something really good. And I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it as I watch it unfold.