Written Thursday, January 17, 2019
The time has come, we are leaving for the ECHO office in Tanzania on Sunday!
The last several months have been a time of intense preparation leading up to this moment. Support raised, sacrifices made, and hard decisions have been brought before the Lord who sees us and loves us. We’ve packed and studied and prayed. To-do lists have been checked off and important meetings have taken place.
And now, during the breath of time that is orientation week, Elena and I pause to reflect on the fact that this isn’t about us. This is easy for me to forget, because I love to focus on practical tasks and objectives. And yet, the reason that I have committed to six months at the regional office in Tanzania is not that I might check things off my to-do list while I am there, but so that I can serve my Awesome God and “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3).
Working at the regional impact center isn’t primarily about developing professional skills or gaining important experiences. This time is about serving Jesus and His people in East Africa: His church, His work, His plan for the country of Tanzania. This six months is about praying for the impact team, joyfully engaging with them in their duties, and witnessing gently to unbelievers.
Lord, may your kingdom come and your will be done!
Will you join Elena and I in prayer that we would keep our eyes focused on what Jesus wants? That we would look to Him for guidance every day the way that a servant looks to her master? (Psalm 123:2)
Asante sana! (Thank you!)