On Orthodox Christmas day, our capital city streets were filled with a colorful procession, a tradition that dates back to the fifth century. People were dressed in national costumes and marched through the streets holding flags and singing their traditional Christmas carol ‘Alilo,’ which means “Glory to God.” Pray with us that His glory would be seen and known in this nation in a mighty way, and that many would be drawn to Him this New Year!
This week is the first week back to school for my three kids! On Day #1 back, I got this email:
I’m school doctor Nino. teacher brought Anna in my office, she hit head at the table. Anna had little bump and bruise at her forehead, I put an ice pack for 15 min. As she was feeling fine, had no headache, dizziness, I let her go back to class. I just want you to know about this incident sincerely Dr. Nino
In broken English, she did well explaining what happened to Anna’s head. Anna is fine! This is an example of countless ways God is watching our little ones. I bring them to a mini-bus every morning and watch them drive into the city traffic, wondering how this is okay?! ? Part of our journey this year, as a team, is a deeper Trust in God. For me, a lot of this is about trusting Him with my children–for their safety, for their social and emotional well-being, and with their hearts. One way He has asked us to give up control is to pray to Him and to share our burdens with Him. He can carry it all so much better than we can.
Today, would you pray for the nine children represented on Team Green? They have all started back into the drama and stresses of school. We are all so thankful for the education that is here, but it is a daily release to trust what God is doing with these lives – in the middle of living in an overseas context!
Last month, H&M opened in our city, and we were shocked to see how many people gathered on opening day. The line literally went at least half a mile down the street and around the corner! The people were waiting with great expectation.
It struck me that day, that the people here that I love so dearly do not yet have the same sense of expectations as I do. I can claim as God’s promise for me from Jeremiah 29:11 of a hope and a future. It’s our desire that this truth would become known, and that our friends and students would learn to approach life with a sense of great expectation for what God is doing and will do for them. So please pray with us, that their eyes would be opened and their hearts would yearn for His truth.
We have something that is new-to-us. It is from here…from this region. As in, it grows here and it’s sold in the market. BUT, we’ve never tasted a food with this ingredient…Sea Buckthorn…Anyone ever heard of it?
Here’s a picture of a bush nearby with the berries:
Our teammate also got daring and tried a honey and spice sea buckthorn tea. It was sweet and tasty:
A few months ago there were strong rumblings from our landlord regarding expanding his hotel into our current Center’s space. He let us know that he was applying for a loan, and that if he received it, he would let us know. In the meantime, we began the process of looking at other spaces. Faced with budget and location constraints, we weren’t sure what we would find, and how long it would take. However, once again, God had a great plan, and HE was right on time! We’ll share more soon, but please join us in praising God for His perfect provision. Now, we prepare to move–prayers appreciated!!