It’s exciting to see another couple being added to the ministry team in Peru! Kyle and Hannah Shreve are embarking on a long-awaited adventure – fulfilling their dream of being missionaries on the foreign field. Travelling to countless churches and sharing their desire to get the gospel to the people of Peru is over – the reality of adapting to a brand new culture, learning a different language, and planting churches has begun.
As ‘senders’, my husband and I had the privilege of visiting David and Katie Gardner and their sweet family in Peru in 2015. We were struck by the beauty of El Misti, Pichu Pichu, and Chachani; and scared to death by the crazy driving! It was absolutely necessary to stay close to David and Katie when we ventured out, because we were unfamiliar with the customs and couldn’t speak Spanish.
Simple things like ordering from a menu, became impossible without the help of a translator. As frustrating as it was for us, we were only visiting. I can only imagine what it will be like for the Shreves; although they do have a good grasp on the language – a huge advantage over Steve and me.
Created for relationship
In extreme circumstances like these, and even sometimes in our own familiar corner of the world – we just don’t feel like we fit in. We don’t have anything in common with our co-workers, classmates, or neighbors. Feelings can be deceiving. It’s comforting to know we were created by a God who designed every one of us for relationships.
We were made to have a relationship with God and with others. It’s neat to see this pattern began way back in the Garden of Eden:
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him…And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Genesis 2:18,22
In Adam and Eve’s case, they became husband and wife – a family. Friendships are valuable relationships too. Stepping outside of our own world and connecting with others is important (click to tweet).
Value of community
Whether we’re part of a family unit, a church, or a group with similar interests (art, music, etc.), there’s no denying the value community plays in our lives. Within community, lots of things happen. We can:
*share our concerns
*offer words of encouragement
*learn from each other
*support one another
Love is powerful
Jesus emphasized the importance of our relationship with Him and others:
…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Matthew 22:37, 39
Love lets us reach out to others without expecting anything in return. It helps us focus on others instead of ourselves.
As we pray for Kyle and Hannah Shreve to adapt quickly to their new community in Peru, will you embrace the relationships right where you are? Plug into your community and share the love of Christ. (click to tweet) You’ll thrive!
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for creating me for relationships. Help me love You and others so I can be an encouragement and support to those in my community. When I obey what you tell me to do, You meet all my needs. You’re a good God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I’ve recently released a 10-week Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful. You’re invited to join me as I teach through the study on Facebook live beginning Wednesday, September 7th at 12:00 noon (EST). This information-packed, 11-week series will challenge you to stay connected to Christ so your life will make an eternal difference.
Weekly lessons, live teaching, and discussion will make this an opportunity you don’t want to miss. You can pick up a copy of the study here. Be part of the community and get ready to be outrageously fruitful!
**Not available at noon? Not a problem. Live videos will remain posted on my Facebook page, so you can watch them at your convenience!