Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oh Training Camp. Here we come!

Contributor: Hannah Avila

Today our team is embarking on our training adventure. I would love to give a little description of what we are about to experience…but we actually have no idea what’s going to happen.

Today is certainly a day of preparation and stress. I’m sure that each team member is wracking their brain to make sure they aren’t forgetting anything and are adequately prepared. Everyone is busy packing and weighing bags, making sure supply lists and talks are ready, and mentally preparing for our adventure. Certainly a day of busyness!

I can confidently say that busyness and stress are common themes in the lives of almost every, if not every, one of our team members. Similar to what Michaela mentioned a few posts ago, Paul’s words in Philippians 4 have been running through my mind over and over in the past month. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” The thing that blows me away about this passage is how the Lord promises the peace of God when we lay our requests at his feet, and the God of peace when we follow Christ-like examples such as Paul. The peace of God and the God of peace. Both sides of the coin (credit to Corey Mitchell for that phrase). Peace that transcends all understanding. That is exactly what we need!

My prayer is that in the midst of all our busyness and stress, not just in this day as we prepare to leave for training camp, but in all the days of our life, we will seek this peace of God and God of peace. Will you join us in praying for that peace? Not just for us as a team, but for yourselves as well…for all of us as followers of Christ.

Thank you so much for walking with us as we move toward our incredible opportunity in Indonesia. We are so grateful for your love and prayers.

Hannah

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