Coming home is never easy. Tonight at the Global Impact Celebration (GIC) Dinner, the Directing Pastor, Charles Anderson, recognized the difficulty in a very meaningful way. The GIC is a time of celebration for the church--we celebrate the missionaries the church supports that share the gospel throughout the world. At the end of the presentations from the missionaries, we stood up to lay hands on missionaries that were at tables near us. I was fortunate to be sitting at the table with Setan Lee. I was honoured to lay hands on this great man of God. :)
By the time I stood up, Charles was already laying hands on Setan Lee, and when I got up to join Charles, he said, "This includes missionaries at home," and walked behind me, and layed his hand on me. I started to cry.
I am reminded of the time that my senior pastor asked me to pray for him. Not only that, he wouldn't let me go until I prayed for him. All I could think was, "I am so unworthy, why does he want me to pray for him?" Little did I know that instances like that would teach me how to pray for others.
I received so much encouragement tonight, by various people! The greatest part of all was the recognition that I am still a missionary, just relocated. I love the quote that says, "Either you are a missionary, or you need a missionary." It's not easy to say that you're a missionary stateside, when your heart is in Ukraine. God is faithful. I'm banking on that! :)