This trip has been worth our time already-in the people we've met and the renewing of our call and vision for working overseas.
The sharing of experiences and perspectives has been invaluable. One thing Daniel and I have realized is how blessed we are in 2 major ways: how supportive our church and our families are of our going overseas to do mission work.
There are a number of people here with less than supportive or even antagonistic families-mostly single young ladies. Their parents have told them they don't want them to be "beggars"-living off other peoples' money.
Not only that but a number of families and singles have home churches that are less than enthusiastic about missions-not opposing it but just not catching any sort of vision. I am praying these people will be conduits for a future missions vision in their churches and elsewhere.
Specifically today we learned about the Biblical basis for partnership development, which isn't just raising support (prayer & financial). Its about relationships. Its exciting to think that this next chunk of time will be focused on intentional relationship building. That way we will be connected to a team of people who care about us and we care and pray about them -and so that they can share the blessing of being involved in building God's kingdom with us!