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Pouring Yourself Out

A married couple in their 60’s (with decades of experience teaching school, Bible clubs, and Bible studies) said goodbye to their adult children, grandchildren, and elderly parents to serve in an Asian country as school teachers. When God prepared this couple to go to this school, He first brought them through a very deep, dark valley. In 2009, the U.S. economic bubble burst bringing to them great economic loss. It was preparation for the work that God would bring them across the ocean to do. In a rural setting of this Asian country, they faced challenges that touched nearly every aspect of their lives.

  • Cold . . . it would be very, very cold . . . . They taught school in brutal winter temperatures, with open doors and windows because the nationals believe that fresh cold air is healthy.
  • Differences in food . . . meals often composed of a bowl of rice with little bits of meat clinging to bones.
  • Living in an apartment with black creeping mold under the wallpaper. This couple knew deep in their heart that God had been preparing them all of their lives for this time of service in this far away land. They were right where He wanted them to be.

Ann Voskamp writes, “Why grow a bucket list of what I want to have instead of the list of what I can give? Why not let the heart grow big with a love large enough that it breaks your heart and gives bits of you away? Does “real life” only happen when you get to pick some balmy destination and a cheap flight itinerary? Or is ‘real life’ when you choose to be bread to all kinds of hungry? . . . Before you blink and your one life is a tendril of smoke, a memory, a vapor, gone, know this: you are where you are for such a time as this—not to make an impression, but to make a difference.”

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