One of the greatest joys serving here in Colombia is being a part of a team. We are thankful for how the Colombians have received us and for the blessing it is to work alongside of them. We have learned so much from their selfless dedication and love for God and their communities. We are a part of many different teams as we serve in different areas like church planting, leadership development, etc. How awesome to work with men and women who bring their own gifts, talents, experiences, insights to the table. It reminds me of when Paul talks about the church in 1 Corinthians 12 and uses the analogy of a human body with it’s many parts that work together. 1 Corinthians 12: 27 says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing myself with others and wishing I had their same skill set or experience. But, as a teammate reminded me during a devotional yesterday, we need to look at what God has given us and how he wants to work through us and our gifts, experiences, weaknesses, etc.
I’m especially thankful for the team of missionaries I am a part of. It is so great to have a team of people who gets what it means to serve in a different culture and can support me and my family. Again, each person in the team has their gifts and is serving in the areas that they can best put those gifts to use. I’m thankful for Gary and Mary Lou and their leadership, their love for Colombia and their ability to walk alongside pastors and their families, as well as advocate for the many social projects that the Covenant Church here is a part of. I’m thankful for Cathy, for her years of service in Colombia and for her passion for the work of the Spirit in the lives of people and in the Church. I’m thankful for her gift of intercession. I’m thankful for Holly, for her willingness to come and serve and jump in wherever she is needed. I’m thankful for her important work with a boys at Casa de Paz and for her ability to work with adolescents. I’m thankful for Kassie and Sam who are serving in a different city, with it’s own challenges. I’m thankful for their ability to walk alongside English teachers in the schools and for their gracious, humble attitudes. I’m thankful for Julio for his gift of listening to and encouraging people, for his ability to teach and to help others to dream. Team work is great!