In Global Stories

I’ve arrived on the field and am doing well!

When I first got here I jumped into a team retreat with all of my team and the Global Harvest Leadership. It was a wonderful time to fellowship and seek God, pray, and eat good food. There was a beautiful beach nearby and every day we would swim out to the big floating dock, which we named the battle raft in an aim to throw each other off the dock—a much-needed time to refresh after all the busyness of getting ready to come here.

There are people from many parts of the world on this island—hoping to find a way to Europe or America—stranded. On this part of the island, unrecognized by the world, there are unfinished buildings, stores and shops that have to illegally import goods, an island of unfinished dreams. But, the Jesus story has yet to be written here—there are opportunities every day! We are asking the Lord what He wants to do here, and we have begun to meet as a home group every Sunday morning, and have started an English club.

I found a place to live, taking a room in an old monastery, run by believers. In moving here, I desire that my life looks different—taking time for prayer and devotion, and I want my schedule built out with that focus in mind—being with Jesus, abiding in Him, and hearing what He has to say. It stirred my heart when I saw the room in the monastery so I’m here. Please pray for me as I practice the daily rhythms of prayer.

“So this is a river!”, exclaimed Mole.

“THE River,” corrected the Rat.

“And you really live by the river—what a jolly life!”

“By it and with it and on it and in it,” said the Rat.

“It’s brother and sister to me, ants and company, and food and drink—it’s my world and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got it’s not worth having, and what it doesn’t know, it’s not worth knowing. Lord, the times we’ve had together!”

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The river shows up all throughout scripture—we are made for the River. It’s our world and we wouldn’t want any other! Why live off in the desert? Why live away from His presence; away from intimacy with Him? I want my life to be built around the river, not my works or schedule, but the River!

I love you all and pray that we would all know Jesus even more,