I’m so excited. Just as I’ve really been struggling with being away from my homes in Romania and Pittsburgh – the Lord refreshes my hope and gives me even more reason to rejoice and praise Him.
I’ve been praying for the Lord to bring people into my life to build strong friendships in Christ. I’m still praying for an accountability partner and I’ve been praying about how to get plugged into small groups and ministry in such a huge church. Slowly, the Lord brings more and more like-minded, more mature Christians into my life. I’m still praying for a family to disciple me as the McGallas and Rivieres have. I went to the Tachick’s for dinner on Saturday night after church and had the most fun I’ve had since I moved here. I’m going to their small group on Thursday as well. And I may be helping out in the preschool sunday school class with Emilie Brown. And FINALLY my classes start at TBI tonight. I’m taking Mining God’s Word: Inductive Bible Study Methods and Theological Foundations 1. I thought about taking TBI Essentials (which is sort of a combination of all the ones I need to take, plus apologetics, church history, and Greek) but it’s a two year commitment and I don’t know where I’ll be in two years.
Speaking of which, I have more exciting news. I’ve been praying for the Lord to reveal to me what He would have me do in regards to returning to Romania next summer. Of course I want to go – even if it’s only for a week, though my heart’s desire is to stay longer. I think another two months like I did this summer would be a great transitional tool in the middle of my training to prepare me for moving there as a career missionary. I’d like to reach a level of fluency that I might be an official PIMI translator next year for all scheduled projects. I was half a translator this year. If I work twice as hard as I have in the past and if God continues to bless me with an ability to speak and understand the language, I’m confident in Christ that if I return and spend a little time immersed in the language again, I’ll be able to serve as a translator for His namesake and His glory.
Anyway, I was talking to Gretchen (my employer) yesterday and she set my mind at ease regarding the biggest obstacle standing between me and a short term project next summer. She made it clear that I’m welcome to work for them again next year if I’d like. And while there’s still a lot of variable change to account for regarding specific details of next year, she assured me that no matter what happens, they will make a way for it to be possible for me to spend time in Romania this summer, if that’s what I want to do. She said she’s already been thinking of different ways to make it work for me to go for two months! Ce mare este Dumnezeu! Of course I’ll still have to raise support and save up, and I’m not allowed to do that at Bethlehem until I’ve graduated the Nurture program and met all these extra requirements etc. But God has proven himself faithful over and over again and financing a mission trip is not something I generally spend much time worrying about. If He wants it to happen, it’s all going to fall into place according to His plan. And being anxious about it when He’s told me not to be only robs me of joy and Him of glory.
I read this in my devotional time with the Lord this morning:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:4-9