Two weeks ago, I was in a far off land, having an experience that I’m struggling to wrap my own head around and am even more unsure of how to help my friends grasp. To be honest, I’ve had more than a few emotional cracks this week. Those are due less to the “culture shock” that I’ve heard many international travelers and missionaries speak of and more to the fact that I’ve seen some crazy stuff and am not sure where that’s supposed to go now. And by “crazy stuff” I mean things that can only be explained by God’s involvement in peoples lives. Things that make sense existing alongside things that are far from making sense. Some things that are so everyday and mundane that if I told you, you’d look at me confused and say, “Libby, there’s nothing super special about that” but still there was for me. Things that are part of a way of life far, far different from the hustle and bustle I’ve too eagerly stepped back into here.
Multiple times a day, I find myself lost in thought about all of it. And “thought” is probably a far too articulate word choice. “Lost in a big ball of mess” is a much better descriptor.
However, in that big mess I’m currently swimming in, there’s one set of things that I’m sure of. One set of lessons that God made very clear to me during the 3 months I spent in Rwanda. They are serving as my compass right now and are just as applicable here in Monroe for me and for you as they were when I was learning them in that far-off land of Rwanda. I’m excited to share them with you this Sunday as Portico Church gathers together.
Yes, I’ll throw in a few minutes of basic Rwanda-time info, like what Peace House is up to and how I didn’t learn to carry a single thing on my head like the Rwandan women do. Yes, I’m going to tell you GOOD stories of God turning death into life. But no, I don’t want to just give you a “mission report” on Sunday night. I’m planning for us to unpack God’s Word together and wrestle with how we bring His Kingdom to earth here, right where we are. Because that’s a mission we’ve all been given.
The Peace House girls’ products will be available again this Sunday in the lobby from 4-6pm.