Sorry for the hiatus in blogging. I am sure that you were wondering what happened to me. Well I went to turkey ! 🙂 It’s not very often that you find yourself saying that. God opened a door for me to go to Turkey and minister to missionaries and it was INCREDIBLE. I cannot wait to post more about it. I had soo many coming alive moments. But the number one was seeing God use experiences in my past of serving that Lord in Nepal combined with my degree in Christian counseling + my spiritual gift of encouragement+ The other ways He has gifted me in a perfect combination. It felt soo right .. it felt amazing.. humbling.. it felt like worship.
If you don’t know about the Christian hospitality network, it is group that provides a retreat getaway for missionaries at no cost to them. This particular getaway in Turkey we ministered to about 250 missionaries serving all over Asia, the middle east and europe…in some of the most difficult places. I went to serve as one of the counselors. Wow.. what an experience that was sooo overwhelming to me.
I had some fears going. What if no one signs up to see me for counseling. What if I don’t know what to say.. what it if makes me feel like a failure again for not being a missionary.
Well when we got to Izmir we spend some time as a team before the missionaries got there (there was 32 of us with all kinds of gifts from doctors, to chiropractors, to people who just wanted to love behind the scenes)
We went to visit Ephasus which was one of the best experiences of my life. How cool to walk the same streets and see the same things Paul did. I have to share some photos with you And I felt like Jesus whispered to me in those moments that all I had to do was walk out Ephesians 2:10.. believing that I am God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which HE PREPARED BEFOREHAND.. Amazing to read that and then walk the streets of Ephasus.
When the Missionaries got there they had a lady booking appointments for the missionaries to meet with me for counseling. Before I knew it God had filled my appointment book with Just the right people I was supposed to minister to. Those moments were such God filled moments for me. :I had to push me aside.. and listen with the ears of God, and listen for God to give me words for them. It felt like worship. It felt like the presence of God came, removed me, and moved.. and it was my joy to watch. I loved feeling like the experiences God had placed in my life were used.. and that I learned from those I was meeting with also. it was awesome also to be able to have my counseling “office” be by a window overlooking the gorgeous meditteranean sea.. and sometimes outside on the patio with that on the background.
I will share more as this week goes on and I am not in a jet lag haze. I just had to share that GLORY! i will share more pictures also.
Thanks for praying for me.
I would love to hear in your coments where you experinced a time of service to God that became worship as you realized only HE could do it and you stepped into what He had prepared for you in advance!