Back in March after reading Acts 16:6-9, I asked God how Paul could know so clearly what he was supposed to do. Especially when I noticed that the word “come over” in verse 9 in the Greek means “cross over a body of water.” Can I, like Paul, know your will that clearly?
The answer has been “yes” and “wait continually.” My new supervisor for the Middle East, Duncan Hansen, told me, “Enjoy each mile marker along the way.”
A big mile marker arrives Monday. Denise and I are flying to Bahrain to be introduced to our new home. I will give devotions to the staff at the American Mission Hospital on three mornings. Go on hospital calls with Appu. Meet with the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital, Dr. George Cheriyan. Spend time with the senior pastor at the English language congregation, Jim Harrison. Meet with the leaders of the English Language Congregation. Denise and I will also spend time with Josh and Alison Perkins and tour the Al Raja school. I will deliver the message in worship at the Friday morning service and at the Sunday evening service.
Appu wrote me and said that the Indian families were asking if Denise and I liked Indian food. I responded that we had gone to Indian restaurants three different times while we were in Seattle back in June, and we were looking forward to eating Indian food with our new friends. We have lunch and and supper with a different family each day. It is going to be good!
Denise and I thank our Iowa church family and all our friends and family members for their love and support during this time of transition. Their outpouring of love has been so appreciated and needed as we approach the mile markers ahead of us.
We look forward to sharing with you our experiences from our new home.