The following is a post by Dianne Miller.
By the time you read this, we will be home. It has been a very full 12 days! We have heard the stories of many while we have been here. The one commonality – the one thing that ties all the stories together, has been the message of the gospel. We came to encourage – to walk alongside those who are already doing the work of building God’s kingdom here in Lima and Santa Rosa. While here, we have been encouraged, and also challenged. What a blessing to connect with another piece of the body of Christ! As our intent was to serve, we were also served. As our intent was to pray for, we were lifted up. In our effort to learn more about all that God is doing, we were challenged to ask, “What are our next steps?” “What does God want us to do with the stories we have heard?” “How have I been impacted by the people we have met and talked with and laughed with and cried with?” “What now?”
We want to thank our churches, family, and friends for the opportunity to come to Lima. To be the hands and feet of Christ has been a great privilege and honor. We have had times of weakness and times of strength; times of joy and times of sadness; times of weariness and times of the kind of strength and energy that only God can provide; times of worship and prayer; times of digging deep into God’s word, and asking hard questions of ourselves. Please continue praying that our hearts are tender toward God’s molding and shaping us for His use. Please continue to pray for our friends here at Palabra Hecha Hombre (WMF), our friends that are struggling in the street, our translator friends, and amigos in Santa Rosa. Pray that the gospel continues to be shared in their lives AND ours at every opportunity. Pray as we seek God’s direction in determining “What’s next?”