Hello again - It sure seems strange to be so unfamiliar with things. You guys will have to forgive me. I didn't really know how to post a new topic, as I've not been active on a site before. So I'm looking forward to being a part of the Faith Writers fellowship
Mike and I have been here in NE Georgia, not too far from Athens, for about 5 years now. I almost feel American again, though not quite a "Georgia peach" yet. We have been going to a small country church where I am the pianist. This is after playing musical churches in more ways than one. I was often the circuit-riding pianist and Mike was the circuit-riding preacher. Some of the churches were so small I took along my own keyboard to play. God has been very good to us.
How did we get to Georgia - this little exerpt will give you an idea. It may be in a possible memoir that I am working on.
LEAVE THE JOE AND GO
I smiled to myself as I passed by the mission slogan. For one thing, I know that you can find a beter cup of coffee than Joe in many places around to world. (Yeah Kenya!)
Of course, this is not about a cup of coffee. It's not about Jittery oe or Starbucks. It's about listening to and obeying the Lord in regards to His call on our life. Do I see His plan for me in reaching the unreached world.
It's about my willingness to move from the known to the unknown, from the familiar to the unfamiliar, the comfortable to the uncomfortable.
For Mike and I it meant a change in direction. Some time ago we had been challenged with the need of our Indian friends in NE Georgia.
We smiled, because you opened the door of our home in Leicester England where we lived onto the sidewalk. There were 100 homes on our block. All but one other couple were Gujaratis from India. Two block away was the "Golden Mile. So named because of the number of 22 carat gold shops on Belgrave Rd. We lived in the heart of 'little India' with the biggest Diwali celebration each year outside of India.
We loved our Indian friends, and our ministry. Why would we leave our nice comfortable life working among the people we loved?
For us 'Leave the Joe and Go' meeant a willingness to return to the States and begin all over again to build relationships with our friends - this time in NE Georgia.
Please pray for me. I want to share some of the lessons God has taught me - but it's hard to know where to begin and how to go about it.
My memoir has been put aside for now. 'Across 4 Continents' or maybe 'Alphabet Soup' may or may not become a reality. Presently I'm working on a novel - 'Watch the Star' - a Christmas story of the journey along the Silk Route to find the newborn king. I also have some devotional material.
I'd appreciate any encouragement or ideas you may have. I've got to get busy with my "real job"
Shann, if your on - thanks for your welcome into Faithwriters. I did check out "100 Percent". It just wasn't going to work this time. Especially since I'm not really up on how to do things on the web and links and all. At least I know how to post now, I think! Maybe next time.
Love in Christ - Trudy