Time for a confession, with all of the emotional valleys of saying goodbye to family and friends I was ready to leave the country for a while.
Goodbyes are really hard for me.
My prayer throughout this whole season has been finding peace in the midst of goodbyes and joy in the face of sacrifice. Getting through the cloud of sadness has been my hearts cry. My longing was for peace to come on the other side of a 16 hour plane ride.
Once again God has proven to me how unfathomably good and gracious He really is.
The peace in our hearts did not come after the goodbyes ended and our “new life” began, God showed himself during the goodbyes and gave us His peace throughout all of the tear-filled times of “see-ya-laters”!
“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”
I need to learn to start praying bigger prayers.
And then the plane landed…
This past week in South Africa and now in Lesotho has been filled with so many unexpected, but wonderful, joys. We have had challenging times of Bible study and prayer with Brett and Allison. We have dug into the promises found in God’s word and begun seeing more clearly His vision for this ministry and our place in it. I have learned how to drive on the reverse side of the car and road. Rachel conquered grocery shopping at unfamiliar stores and has purchased supplies for weeks at a time (we are four hours from the closest grocery store). The list goes on and on.
We are getting into the swing of things here, and if I was to answer honestly, Rachel and I are a lot more comfortable and confident in our ability to live here than we ever thought possible. And we are only a week in.
Bigger prayers Tyler, bigger prayers!
The next step for us is making contact with the care centers and getting to know the people we will be working closely with over the next few years. We are so excited to see the kids again and to begin pouring into their lives, and the lives of the women at the centers. It’s why we came here.
Please lift us up in prayer for the next week as we begin the work. Pray that we will be able to unify with our Reclaimed team, as well as with the IMB (International Mission Board) team as well.
Also pray for our hearts to stay humble and find joy throughout everything we encounter as we begin learning culture, language, and how to live a missional live here in Lesotho!
Tyler & Rachel