We had one of the best days today. We got to go as a family to an apartment complex where many refugees live and talk with them about our faith and begin building relationships. The complex is close to our church, so we went with children’s games and a group of people from our Sunday School and church. We considered staying at home and just sending Jeremy. It was going to happen over naptime, but since it would be an outdoor outreach, we decided to go with him. Another family brought their children, and it turned out to be the very thing that made many there comfortable enough to let their children come play with us and us ladies made many of the initial contacts with the adults because we started conversations with the mothers and the men would come over after that.
We got asked to come into the home of a Bhutanese and Nepali family and an I was invited with another mother into the home of an Iraqi family. Consistent with their culture, we HAD to sit down, have some food and they also served us tea. Jeremy had lots of opportunies and conversation material because of his familiarity with the Iraqi culture. I think I was able to get out of there without horribly offending them because of all the information I had gathered from Jeremy when he was in Iraq. Tomorrow they are coming over to our house for American food. . . I still don’t know exactly what I will make. . .they have four children and so maybe we will make homemade pizza.
This has felt almost surreal. We have had an increasing burden for foreign missions as we have been reading together the book “Operation World” which is a handbook of different countries and the progress of the gospel in each one. We dream now, of the day we might be able to go to a foreign country, even if just for a short-term mission trip. We had NO idea there was an entire complex of people right here in our own city!!
Their stories were amazing, the Iraqi family moved here after the husband’s life was threatened because he helped the American military. They fled for their lives through several countries. They speak VERY little English, but one daughter does, since she is going to school here and has absorbed a good bit of the language for the past 9 months.
Now onto the real reason you check out blog: for pictures! I’m sorry it has taken so long to get these up. . .I finally got my photos organized on my external drive now, so enjoy. . .
Micah’s getting so so big!! Pulling up onto things today. . .looks like he’s skipping the crawling thing. Merry and him are becoming such good buddies lately. Elijah and him have a special bond already, being boys, but it has been sweet to see him light up around Merry lately and her mother him so sweetly!
We call this photo “Packing Preacher’s Kids”
Here’s Merry with my sweet new friend Anna (the night I met her at a women’s fellowship, I came home and told Jeremy “I met a kindred spirit!” Merry just loves her, as you can see from this picture!
A few neighborhood children – three of them sharing a swing!
Elijah’s second night at Awana Cubbies. . .he got his book and vest!! He was SO excited, he even posed for this picture!
Here I am in one room of Albert Mohler’s personal library (he’s the president of this university and a widely published author) in the lower level of their home. I got to visit their home for a women’s fellowship, and boy was Jeremy jealous!!! Check out more pictures here at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=146430&id=660159362&l=272573bc41
Tonight I will sleep sweetly, knowing that my life is so EASY compared to the two families we visited with today. I am humbled by how they invited us into their homes, and wonder how I am doing at pouring out my life into others’. Is it sacrificial? Is it as Jesus would do, or am I hanging onto my own comfort? These words are especially piercing tonight: “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:16-18
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I accidentally posted this on this blog instead of my other blog http://www.mycomfortkitchen.wordpress.com and of course, got a comment! So, Jeremy says to leave it up here for people to see what I am doing. Sort of a “personal chef” idea that is basically home-made meals that people can order each week to be delivered on Wednesday. . . for them to cook and serve or heat and serve or freeze for later.
Deb, we DO not deliver to Dayton, sorry! I could send some with Jeremy on Friday, but I REFUSE to cook for someone who I know is as good a cook as you!!!
Orders taken NOW through Friday, September 11
Deliveries/pickup of meals on Wednesday, September 16
1. Honey Pecan Crusted Chicken served over Mashed Potatoes with seasonal vegetables in butter sauce - I think this is going to be My Comfort Kitchen’s signature dish
Serving two: $16 Serving four: $24
2. Shepherd’s Pie – Savory “mince” (beef and turkey) veggies baked under a potato and cheese topping – my father-in-law’s favorite, always requested when they come to visit!
Serving two: $13 Serving four: $21
3. Tilapia Tacos with Chili-Lime Aioli and Corn-Black Bean Salsa (Please order if you will be able to eat this meal FRESH on Wednesday or Thursday – this will be a MADE FROM SCRATCH meal all the way down to the homemade tortillas/flatbread. . .a CHARLESTON, South Carolina specialty!)
Serving two: $16 Serving four: $24
1. Italian Salad (toss right before serving) $1 per serving
2. Cheesecake $2 per slice
By request. . .individual servings or whole pies, cakes and cheesecakes