- The pastor at our home church asked if we felt "sent" the first time, and resolved to make sure we did this time.
- Our missions chair has attended some of our services at other churches just to be an encouragement.
- We led a small group during Advent, we felt connected and they prayed over us (during the holidays when we didn't have lots of speaking engagements)
- Our sending church held an Ice Cream Social and prayed over us and donated sweet love gifts of craisins, and fruit snacks and other treats that taste like home.
- 7 people from church came and helped us stuff newsletters- 600 newsletters in 1 1/2 hour!
- A girl from church came over and watched the baby so we could be productive yesterday.
- Our last Sunday here they will pray for us in church (this Sunday at both services for SUMC folks!)
- We got word this week that a family from church is already working on a care package for us.
So, like Paul, we rejoice that our sending church is abounding in fruit- they are growing in missions and seriously caring for their home-grown missionaries. Their love and support is a sweet-smelling offering and worship that is well-pleasing to God. And we pray daily that our God would supply all their needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
If you're here from the Grove- how was your last Homeland Assignment? Did you enjoy it? And if you're a sender, know that we're grateful for you! What do you appreciate about visiting missionaries at church?