The lights had been dimmed, and delicious aromas filled the air as unsuspecting guests entered the house. I could hear small gasps and expressions of delight! Wow, look at this place! Where is the furniture?
They were not expecting this.
I smiled with quiet pleasure as, one by one, these precious people entered my home. It’s the time of year to say “Thank You” to our amazing team of worship leaders for their tireless service this past year. We normally celebrate end-of-the-season success with a potluck, or a bring’n braai (or whatever other name you choose). But this year, two of our ‘Creative Divas’ decided to BLESS this team with more than just food… they were going to throw us a MOROCCAN DINING EXPERIENCE!
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It seemed to be my theme song for the first few years of living in South Africa. Where was the glamour of international living? Where were the supernatural miracles of being a “missionary”? Why was this sooo hard?
I missed my family immensely, especially when the culture shock hit. I missed my friends―they never misunderstood my intentions. I missed my grocery store with its familiar brands and flavours. I missed my doctor and the brands of medicine I knew and trusted. I missed ‘my people.’ I missed Home.
Corrie Ten Boom said that “The safest place to be is in the centre of God’s will” and I agree. But I would also add that SAFE and EASY are two different things.
As an international Mom parenting international kids, today’s prompt word is the perfect opportunity to share with you one of my absolute LIFESAVERS.
Had you told me that we would someday live overseas for more than a decade, I would’ve never believed you. Nope. Wasn’t even on my radar. But surprises happen, and thankfully, God has more exciting plans for our lives than we can even hope or imagine.
We had been in South Africa for almost 5 years and the homesickness and culture shock were so intense. There were times I seriously thought I was losing my mind. In those first years of trying to establish a new life in South Africa, we did many things right, but we also did many things wrong.
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