After some time away from blogging, Jenny and I are returning to the ‘blogging world’ with a fresh new approach! Rather than us each mantaining our own individual blogs, we are going to both contribute to the blog at McLambFamily.net! Hopefully this means the time between posts won’t be quite so long (though I, for one, am not making any promises!).
So that you know who has written what, each post will be categorized as either “John” or “Jenny”. Happy Reading!
Also, for all you google reader users, the new blog will work just fine. Just go over to the new blog and click “subscribe” in your bookmarks.
Over the past few years, I’ve read Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis a couple of times. Inspired by this book, a few years ago I drew out a sketch and gave it to my sister (thanks Mary Stewart!) who did an excellent job of painting it. I will, in a future post(s), explain the symbolism of each of the elements.
I just ordered 50 of these prints so that we can pass them out to folks while we’re on stateside.
Today will be the last time Jenny, the kids and I head out to lead a Bible Study here in Peru. After we attend church at Vida Nueva Iglesia Bautista (New Life Baptist Church), we will head over to Flor’s house as we’ve been doing for a couple of months. Please pray for today’s study as it is our last, and a very important one as it is a very direct challenge to the people to trust in Christ as Savior. Many of our past studies have been getting them to this point.
My friends and missionary teammates, Arnold Austin and family, will be coming today to the study with us. I’m hopeful they can continue the weekly study if the Lord so desires. Our translator friend, Santiago, is also hoping to go with us- he just is working out some scheduling stuff with his own church.
As this study is in connection with Union Grove Baptist Church’s partnership, we are all very excited about how God will continue to work among those who have been meeting with us.
UPDATE: We are thanking God for today’s Bible Study! A lady, Leo, trusted Christ as Savior and Lord today!
Just got back my Spanish language Evaluation… scored high enough to never have to be evaluated again! Woohoo! Praise be to God!
Now, Lord willing, we will get the privilege of learning another, far more challenging language- one of the indian dialects.
Oh, and for the record, I’m still a level BELOW the level Jenny was when we left Costa Rica over 2 years ago! Ugh! – Helps keep me humble :).
God is continuing his refining work in my life and the life of my family. As ridiculous and arrogant as it sounds, I really believed that when we left the States three years ago for the field that I was leaving some sinful attitudes behind as well. I thought I was, at least for the most part, moving beyond materialism… I couldn’t have been more wrong. Here I sit, three years later, and God is challenging me to the core of my being in areas that I didn’t even realize required change.
Here is a question I have been pondering lately- What are you really doing for the Glory of God? Am I giving Him my all?
If your answer starts the way mine usually does (Well, I do this and this and that…), stop and ponder the question for a couple of days.
I’m a Christian and a missionary, of course I’m serving God… but to what extent? With what percentage of my life and energy?
I don’t have the answers. I simply know that I must look more and more like Jesus and less and less like myself.
It is becoming more and more apparent that our life is about to change dramatically once again. Our dining room table is gone and has been replaced by plastic chairs and a folding table. Our living room is missing a recliner and there are only two little desks in the “school room”. And while many other things remain in their places, most are already earmarked for another loving family. Maybe saddest, the delicious cooking I have grown accustomed to is now replaced with easy things: sandwiches, menú (cheap peruvian lunches- which, to be fair, are delicious- Less than $9 feeds my family), noodles, etc.
All of this is just another sign of a chapter of our life that is closing. And with it, new opportunities arise. New ways to glorify the Father become possible.
Truly, I see this as an opportunity for us to ‘right’ a ‘wrong’ from when we first moved to Lima. You see, we purchased items to fit our house (which is a nice house) instead of what we needed. My prayer is that I will never again purchase something because I can, but rather, because I should.