I knew it! I knew it would be positively gorgeous. Last night as the plane began its decent, we passed Mt. Jefferson on the left just as the rose rays of sunset rested on the snow-covered peak. Breathtaking.
I was met at the airport by a lovely woman from the Northwest convention office. As we drove to the retreat center, we spoke of everything from the two years she ministered in Perth, Australia, to our mutual appreciation for ethnic food. I had made an immediate friend.
In the morning, the group of summer missionaries … ah yes, on a side note: I am the oldest one here … spent a better part of the day assessing our God-given talents and strengths, making it easier to determine how our time and energy might best be used for ministry of the gospel of Christ.
My communication talents:
Writing words (10 out of 10)
My relational talent:
Multi-relational (bonding quickly to form new friendships within minutes or hours)
My functional talents:
Quick Reflex (10)
Solving Problems (7)
There you have it. I’m a friendly nerd.
I’m concerned for most of these kids. The overwhelming majority of them are from either Texas or Mississippi. How many of them even know have ever experienced a Post-Christian or Postmodern culture? Will they know how to relate to the people here? To love them. To listen to their stories. To speak the Truth in love to a region that has largely rejected the validity of the Truth.
If anything, these college kids will grow and see God work in ways they could have never dreamed of back home.
To God be the glory.