It’s one of those fantastically windy days in Frankfort. As I write this, I’m watching things blow around my yard, literally. Life feels a little bit like that at the moment for me. It seems like I’m constantly on the moving, flitting from one thing to another. I don’t dislike it, not for a moment. I know that most of the things I do in a day are useful: counseling, the work I do with children’s ministry, subbing, spending time with my family, working on a class Michael and I are taking, trying to learn German, prepping the house to be put on the market. I really think that one of the best things the wind-like busyness does for me, though, is to help me appreciate more the quite moments of rest when they come along.
Michael and I have been wading into the waters of fundraising for the last few weeks. Two weeks ago, we were invited to speak at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, where Michael attended as a child in Richmond, IN. Michael actually spoke during the services, and then we talked individually with people after. Michael enjoyed reconnecting with people he had known growing up, and it was nice to tell our story to people I didn’t know. I tend to be unsure about how much people really want to hear, so it was a good experience for me in talking to people about our mission. They were very warm and receptive, and we felt very welcomed. My mother in-law’s women’s group there, The Von Boras (named after Martin Luther’s wife) provided a lovely reception for us after both church services.
This morning we were given the opportunity to speak for a few minutes during our church service at Capital City Christian Church. Our most recent sermon series has been about loving your neighbor, and today’s focus was on immigration and racism. The senior pastor thought our mission would be a good tie-in, so he gave us a few minutes at the end. I took the lead on speaking this morning since Michael did last time. I ended up crying first service and babbling second (so Michael informed me), but I think it went okay. It wasn’t a fundraising venture, more like just putting out there what we are preparing to do and why. We did have several people approach us afterwards to get more information, and that was great. We’ll work on actual fundraising there in the upcoming weeks.
If you would, please pray for us. Pray that our physical and mental stamina hold, and that we appreciate the moments of rest when they come. Pray that God would be at work in our hearts, preparing us for all that needs to be done, and at work in the hearts of those whom we will eventually reach out to.
Peace be with you.