A couple of weekends ago, we went on a retreat with the faculty and staff of the school we work at. We were so impressed by the way ALL staff members were treated. We were treated to a nice three course meal. At each of the tables were people who were in administration or chaplaincy, board members, teachers and janitors or cafeteria workers. We spent dinner time sharing about our lives and what we did at the school. After dinner, we had a time of prayer for all groups from the janitors to the board members. All of us gathered around those in the group being prayed for. There was such unity in the body. Some of our Ecuadorean workers who are in what are normally considered menial labor were so thrilled to be included in the event. They were walking around with smiles on their faces the whole time. Our service on Sunday emphasized how each member of the body was important and that the ultimate goal of our school's existence is to make an impact on the lives of the young people we serve now. We as a body all have to work together to accomplish this goal.
This week, we again experienced the body caring for its members. The clutch went out in our vehicle to the point it was no longer safe to drive. We had to have it taken in to be fixed yesterday. Unfortunately, yesterday was also open house which meant we had to stay late at school. None of the missionaries here at the Seminary were going to be able to come pick us up at 8:45 p.m. because they were all going to be at one of the missionary's houses for dinner and a time of welcoming a new family to the Seminary. We were going to have to hire a taxi to take us home which can be dangerous during daylight hours for "Gringo's" who speak little Spanish. At night time it can really be dangerous. We were quite concerned about trying to get home. One of our tech guys noticed I seemed bothered by something and asked me what was going on. I shared with him our concern about getting home. He immediately said we could borrow his van. He let us borrow it so that we could get home and then we had a vehicle to get to work today. Tonight, one of the missionary's loaned us his vehicle so that we could get to work early (we do detention duty Thursday mornings). God has supplied our need through the unselfish attitudes of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The thing that is so amazing to us is that 6 weeks ago, these people did not even know us. Yet they are willing to trust us because they saw a need and had something that could take care of that need. We are so grateful for this body of believers who have become our family and friends. Thank you, God, for bringing us here to be a part of this body. Help us to work well together for the furthering of Your Kingdom.
What an AWESOME God we serve and what an AWESOME family we have!