As my readers know, I spent the weekend studying the local and international mission activities of my church. I took 4 of my 5 grandchildren to study with me. There were children, youth, young adult and adult sessions. One of my grandchildren went to youth camp, the rest were in the children’s scction. My thank list on this Multitudes on Mondays comes from this weekend. My mind was expanded in so many ways that my heart could not keep pace. Thus begins my list. I am thankful that
#1228 God is patient with slow learners.
#1229 leaders are skillful in weeding out the smugness of attendees early so He can begin His good work in us in a matter of days
#1230 youth leaders focus on community-building as a base for spiritual growth
#1231 children’s leaders were gently firm
#1232 there was always a brother or sister in the Lord who came along when I needed a helping hand with 3 children ages 5, 7 and 8 (imagine coco puff cereal all over the college cafeteria!)
#1233 Glory, my teacher, had all the Scriptures she used committed to memory. Being from Sri Lanka, she was raised to ‘hide the word of God in her heart’. What a powerful witness and example to have someone proclaim the Word from memory. It was so familiar to her that she could speak it out intimately, not merely read it in monotone.
#1234 some ideas I have always held were articulated in a systematic way and I find I have a new pocket of gestalts with which to grapple
#1237 that a time of discipline helped a grandchild understand what happened in the Garden of Eden
#1238 I get to renew friendships with people I have not seen since last mission study.
#1239 redistricting in my denomination is leading to a healthier church.
#1240 reading the Bible from the perspective of the poor and oppressed gives new meaning to familiar passages.
#1241 my friend, Barb, called just before I pushed the publish button on this blog post. I am so thankful for her. We are both back from times of refreshment. She called to welcome me back.
God is with us,