Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.” — Carl Sandburg

When we first set up this mission, we imagined three or four groups of American mission teams coming every year.  And for three years, that is exactly what happened.  Then the economy fell apart and over the next four years we got one group a year and then none.  During those first five years we had groups from China, Germany, and Switzerland as well—then none.  Last year, we did not have one single group from the U.S. come to do mission work.  We did have an Australian Anglican mission group come for a week and they were wonderful.  Then God smiled as He thought of our plans and began doing the planning for us.  The first five months of this year, we have had three groups of Tanzanians learning sewing and teaching techniques.  We had a group from SIL (Bible translators) come for four days.  We had a group called e3 Partners from the U.K., the U.S., and some Tanzanians  come for a week to learn how to build, maintain, and install biosand water filters.  This is all since February.  We have also had a retired missionary from the U.S. and her friend come stay for a week.  She was the one who was responsible for us being here in the first place. So, in four months this year, we have had five groups of visitors doing mission work and using our mission.  Then, just today, our Canadian/Finnish missionary friend, Sam, called to see if we could host a team of four Finnish missionaries next week for about a week.  When we plan, God laughs.  When God has a plan the things we thought were over begin to really happen.  We needed all those groups from the U.S. or we wouldn’t have this mission.  Now that we have it, God has started using it for His purposes.  Now, I’m the one who’s laughing—and happy.  This mission was meant to be used and it is—just not the way I had imagined it.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Sam is a big Formula One fan and John has a F1 video game with a steering wheel and pedals.  Sam will be spending his evenings in our living room, I imagine.  Sometimes, it is best to let God do the deciding and you just be obedient and available—and we are.
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