Since returning to Indiana, we started raising support for the Well. Understandably, most people ask with an inquisitive but usually more I feel bad for you face, "How's that going?" By all means, if you asked me in New Jersey about it, I had that look. I had that uncertainty. I was nervous.
It seems silly but the other day, while
watching the Olympics, the commentators were talking about a gymnast and
said, "You know a lot of these girls feel anxiety and stress. But this
girl channels those nerves into excitement." Whether or not that seems
cheesy, it has been challenging. God is correcting my thoughts. God
wants that for us.
So, how has it been going? Of
course, Logan and I find ourselves tired and stretched. But by far, we
are more encouraged than we could imagine. These opportunities to share
the vision and the work that has already begun
in New Zealand fill our hearts. I'm amazed by the hope and peace I feel
after meetings. To feel so overwhelmed by generosity. It's more than
raising a financial sum. It's relational. It's unique. It's kingdom
The conversations that we've had, the wisdom and
encouragement from others, the excitement and interest, is a blessing.
It is a gift. Thank God for His Spirit that leads. Thank God for
individuals who believe in the church. Thank God for people of faith.
Thank God for people who generously and freely give. Thank God for you,
for those who have and want to meet with us.
One of the
most special moments was last night, sharing with my grandparents the
importance of their faith and how that has enriched my life. "We have
and will always pray for you," they said. To be able to affirm that
wherever I go, wherever I am, I take their Spirit and faith with me.
is the essence of every meeting. To partner, to carry the Spirit that
unifies us, to share the hope. To carry the faith of those here in the
States that care about the spiritual condition of New Zealand is a
blessing not just a burden. We carry every partner's prayers for the
individuals and community of Christchurch. To be a church that
experiences and expresses God's love. That is God's Kingdom.