“That must be such a wonderful experience for them,” she said, “to go to a retreat like that.”
“Yes,” I replied, “to get to speak freely about the gospel, tell people they are Christians, and worship out loud with others – It’s incredibly freeing I imagine.”
“No,” she said, “I mean, to actually get clean for once, to have running water, to sleep in a comfortable bed and eat real food.”
My Japanese friend had served in the Middle East with a medical NGO, so when she heard that we were going to Europe (April 22-30th) to minister to missionary families serving in the Muslim world, she got really excited. But her comments were not what I expected. I had never thought about the living conditions of the people we’d serve. And to be honest, I am not even sure where they’re from or what their names are because their identities have been hidden even from us for security purposes.
Only one thing is for sure: no matter who they are or where they come from, all of these students need to be reminded of the gospel! They all need rest. They all need a listening ear. They all need a safe place to be open about their faith, and they all need to be with other people who really understand their experiences.
So, would you please pray for us? Pray for the Holy Spirit, who knows each of these individuals by name, to come and minister to them in personal and intimate ways. Pray for physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. Pray for fun and laughter.
If any of you would like to support this ministry financially, our dear friend Rachel Bauserman is taking a week off of teaching at an international school here in Nagoya to go with us and minister to these students along side of us. She still has money to raise and would be greatly encouraged by your generosity. Will you help get her there? (Click here to donate online, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
We love you guys! Thanks for being our friends, and thanks for helping us encourage our friends on the front lines!