I just realized that I never did share with all of you about the Single Mom's Retreat that I went on last weekend. It was wonderful and the friend and I that went are going to try to promote it better next year and get a group to go from our church. They pampered us: car care ministry gave free oil changes, safety checks and repairs, everyone got five "Diva Dollars" to buy five items (new and gently used clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry) from the Diva Boutique. The food was wonderful and the speakers even better. But the part that I want to share is how God spoke to me that weekend. It is both exciting and scary (a leap of faith) at the same time.
The theme of the retreat was "Dare to Dream." We all get caught up in the daily responsibilities of life that many of us forget to take time to dream and to work towards that dream. My dream has always been to work with young children, to be a teacher. After encouraging us to dream, the speaker told us that God has a dream for each of our lives, and to be open to that dream. Immediately, the word "orphanage" came to my mind. I wondered what it meant and thought about the fact that one of our pastors adopted two of his girls from an orphanage in the Ukraine. But there was something that just felt wrong about that. Then I saw myself surrounded by black children. So I start thinking Haiti? Africa? I am leaning towards Haiti, but I have not felt a strong "no" on either like I did with the Ukraine.
Our church is sending two short term missions teams to Haiti in the fall. I am going to go to the meeting for one of them after church tomorrow. As I was sharing this with two friends from church, one of them said that as I told them, she saw me working with a missionary couple from our church who work at an orphanage and school in Haiti, even before I mentioned that country. While I somewhat know the wife of another couple at church that spent many years as missionaries in Haiti (and will be leading the team for which I am going to the meeting) I have never met the couple that she referred to as they have not been back in the states since we moved to MN (as far as I know.)
I cannot legally move the boys outside of Minnesota without their dad's approval and would not want to go without them until they graduate. That gives me three years to prepare. I figure during that time I will take short term mission trips to get a better idea of where God wants me, figure out through which missions organization I will be working, do Bible College if that organization requires it (I think most do), raise support and probably try to learn the language.
And that is the exciting God encounter that I had on the Single Mom's Retreat last weekend.
"We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners."You have wearied the LORD with your words.
“How have we wearied him?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?”