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Fun Fact Friday: Lights!

A weekend stroll through the local market is especially festive this time of year. One section had so many beautiful, Christmas lights–it was hard to pass them up!

Prayer Point: Questions Allowed

Two students, that we met through the international student hangout that we host, asked to meet with us to discuss God. (Praise Him! He works in His time and in His way!) As we sat together, they shared their personal journeys of searching. They had questions, and when we shared that we sometimes have questions too, they really opened up. For years, in their home countries, they have been told NOT to ask questions–to just follow. They verbalized how different it was to be told that questions are ok and even welcomed.

Let’s be people who are ok with questions, because we see in scripture that God is ok with questions. Let’s be willing to share our own “Whys?” or “Hows?” with those that God brings our way knowing that He is working. Praise God–He is working! Please pray for H and A as He works in their hearts.

Friday Extra: New Regulations

Beginning December 1, we are required to have a Covid passport in order to enter businesses such as restaurants and cinemas. The QR code is scanned upon entry showing either proof of having had Covid, proof of vaccination, or of a negative test. Covid cases have been very high since August causing a large number of daily hospitalizations and deaths, and government officials hope that this new regulation will encourage vaccination.

Prayer Point: O’ Christmas Tree

Decorating the Christmas tree at the Center was a little different this year. With only one family currently in GM, the usual fun of “decking the halls” together was replaced with one set of hands (the other set of hands was home isolating due to a Covid exposure) and some Youtube Christmas tunes. 🙂

2021 has probably been full of unexpected changes for you as well. As we wrap up the year, let’s pray for one another to embrace Immanuel–“God with Us” in new ways. We were built for relationship with and dependency on Our Father–let’s hold onto Him knowing that His ways are good, and that He offers peace that surpasses understanding.

Friday Extra: Words of Thanks

At each of our Thanksgivings, we took time to give thanks. Our team has a “Thanksgiving Tree” tradition, and we continued it this year. Words were written on leaves in a few languages as we shared this special time with friends from around the world. Here’s a taste of what hung on the Thanksgiving tree this year. Praise God!

Prayer Point: Gratitude

Three Thanksgivings–a lot of gratitude. God is so good. Thank you for praying!

What Are You Looking At?

Would you go into this building? Many building entrances in GM lack curb appeal to say the least. However, appearances are often deceiving. It’s likely that most of the individually owned apartments inside are in good shape. What a great reminder to all of us to dig deeper before we reach a conclusion.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16;7

Happy Thanksgiving!

Prayer Point: Celebrations

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this week? We have full hearts as we look forward to sharing this holiday with friends in our home and at the center. We are partnering with workers from another organization to host a meal at the center for some refugees living in our city. Secondly, we are sharing a meal with the international students that attend a weekly hangout. That one will have a little twist–everyone will bring a dish to share from their home country. We praise God for who He is, and for what He is doing in this place!

Unfinished

Walking through neighborhoods in our city can be pretty interesting. As I passed a nearby furniture repair shop, the carpenter had his day’s projects sitting outside. I’d love to see the finished chairs, but it’s not likely that I’ll get the opportunity.

I often have this same thought when it comes to the work that God is doing in people’s lives. I want to see the end result, but that’s not always how it works. In Hebrews 12:2, we are reminded that Jesus is the “author and perfecter of our faith.” My job is to join Jesus where He is working, at whatever point along a person’s journey, trusting that He is drawing her to Himself. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the story, at the beginning, middle, or end!

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