Sunday, May 25, 2008
I've had the pleasure of spending the past few weeks with a small group from Lipscomb University. After a year of planning and preparing for this trip with Nathan and Jacob it is amazing to watch it play out before my eyes. It is amazing to get to be a part of the action as well as simply get to know each member of the team. Some of them I knew before this trip began while others were brand new faces and stories for me to greet. Either way, whether I have spent the past days getting to know them for the first time or simply allowing this time to draw us even deeper into the friendship that started months ago, it has been a blast having them here. Each comes with their own unique purpose and personality that brings so much depth to a group of this size. They aren't our typical "torch group." In place of building houses or handing out food they have been building gardens. They have traveled from various orphanages to feeding centers breaking ground and planting gardens. Some of you may chuckle at this idea or even wonder why they would take so much time to do that. However, when you really think about it the work they are doing is one of the greatest gifts they could give. They are not just walking in and giving one meal. Instead they are building gardens that will continue to give food for months on end. Their work will fill hungry bellies with good food for a long time. Yet that isn't what I've been most impressed with. I stand amazed daily at their ability to walk in here and serve and love on me, my kiddos, and the people in this area. So to each of you (if you read this) ....thank you for answering God's call no only when He asked you to come but also daily when He asks you to serve. It has been a pleasure serving actively along side each of you.