Have you ever felt that you are in the midst of something so great that you wanted to share with others? That is where I am right now.
For those that know me or have followed my journey via this blog you know that I love to help people. From an early age I liked helping my parents and others. What a gift I’ve been given to serve the Lord.
Selling Everything But The Kitchen Sink
Last weekend I was privileged to help organize a yard sale at a local flea market to help my friend Doug Jett move one step farther on his quest to get to his field of service in Costa Rica as a missionary. I put the word out and the donations flooded in. We had everything from holiday decorations to measuring cups (sorry, no kitchen sink was donated 🙂 !) My sweet friend Sara Howard and Doug came and rescued the overflowing stacks from our dining room and kept them for the day of the sale. The sale day arrived (a little too early at 4:50 a.m.) and we descended on The Barnyard Flea Market. While we were setting up we started selling stuff. First, it was a dealer from the flea market that wanted to buy all our dvds that had been donated–there were 42 of them! We were off to a roaring start.
The part that was so special was the opportunities that this time presented. People had the opportunity to donate and to shop. The sweetest part was watching people’s eyes when I explained that all the items were donated so Doug could be a full time missionary in Costa Rica. This gave us a chance to talk with people about Christ. Some were so interested they wanted to write Doug’s name down so they could pray for him and his ministry. We had friends who stopped by, bought items, and then would pay more than the asking price and said to keep the change. Through all of this Christ was glorified–and isn’t that was life is supposed to be about?
Meeting New Friends
Tonight, my husband and I went to dinner to meet three people who are part of an organization Dale and I volunteer with, MissionNext. They were in town to help Paulette Fitch, a staff member for MN. I love meeting people and had asked her if we could stop by. When you are part of an organization that has people spread across the country it’s so special to have people on your home turf. So I had the chance to meet Nelson, Bob, and Jamie.
Nelson is the founder of Finishers Project. He had a vision from God years ago to create a way to match people called to the mission field with agencies who need workers. Check out the Finishers Project website to see how it works. I can’t begin to even figure out how he would have known where to start on that project! He is one smart man.
Bob and Jamie were new to us. They are part of the MissionNext team and with Wycliffe (the folks who translate Bibles into native languages.) These two very engaging men shared a little of their experiences growing up as children on the mission field and later serving as well.
Because you know I love to talk I asked questions. I always am looking for new bits of encouragement from others experiences. While I know that God is constantly using me, there is this part of me that wonders if I’m on the right track or if this opportunity might be a link to another step God has for me. The Word of God was totally reinforced and reminded me that it is His plan, not Mary Lu’s. So often I want to rush ahead to see what is down the road. God is the only one that knows the ending of each moment and story. We are to enjoy the journey and work toward His purposes.
At the end of this delightful evening Jamie asked if the group for pray for Dale and me. Wow! Listening to these folks pray over us was very humbling. Remember 3 of these people hadn’t met me before tonight. It was like being part of a huge God hug! Feeling the Holy Spirit surround us just gets me so excited.
Where To Next?
My life is very busy with work at WSPA-TV, school at Southern Wesleyan, my work with MissionNext and of course my family. In each of these facets of my life there are opportunities to serve. Your work and your life should be a glorification of the Lord. I fall short most days but am loved by a forgiving God who picks me up and gives me a second, third, and fourth chance to walk with Him.
Dale and I go soon to a retreat with The Journey Deepens. A retreat which is part of the MissionNext organization. We are going to spend time with the Lord and perhaps discover some new directions for us as a couple and as individuals. Maybe the Lord will tell us to stay the course. We are going with our eyes and our hearts open.
Also, in May MissionNext will be bringing a conference to Spartanburg, South Carolina. We’ve been praying for this event to come here for a long time. This will be an opportunity where those who want to know more about serving, those who feel called, and those who are ready to jump into short or full time service can come to get answers to questions about being a missionary. There are opportunities to meet with agencies that partners with MissionNext that are looking for workers. There will be workshops and speakers. It is a very inspiring time and of tremendous value. If you are interested click here for more information. We’d love to see you there and by all means invite your friends!
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Being loved by the Lord is the best thing in the world!
Mary Lu 🙂