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Learning Dependence

I am a very independent person. I enjoy accomplishing things that depend on “me” to finish. But, like it or not…I am in the process of raising support for my work in Mexico. In my very “self-reliant” brain, it is never fun being in the position of asking people for help. But in the past few months, I have come to realize the blessing in being dependent on others. The process has also allowed me to deepen relationships with people and renew old friendships. To tell you the truth, I am not known for being socially aggressive. Don’t get me wrong, I can mingle and carry on conversations…especially if I feel I have solid input to give. But in the true sense of getting to know people…I lack the ability to stick with it. It’s not that I don’t care, my brain just doesn’t naturally engage on that level.

So now…now that I am in a position to create a partnership with people on a level that requires deep communication, give and take, and prayer…I find it very rewarding. In fact, I am now convinced that it is essential to the work and well-being of a missionary to go through the process of building a support team (something all those who already are in the field know – but it is new to me). In the long run, the support goes both ways…the relationships go both ways…prayers…mutual goals of spreading the gospel…all taking a part in God’s work to share the Good News of salvation with the world. I thank God for putting me in the position to learn this level of partnership with people. And I praise Him for everyone who is and will be on my support team.

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