Ministry is a funny thing.
I have been struggling with my roll in this area.
Where am I supposed to go, what am I supposed to do?
I have been reading blogs recently of people that went to Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia....after visiting they decided to move to those places and change things, change lives. A dear friend is going to spend 27 months in Africa with the Peace Corps.
WOW that's huge huh? I admire and in many ways envy them.
I feel like I need to go back to Ethiopia, and have begun the steps to start a missions team. I am not sure what we are going to do yet, but we have some pretty excited and committed people. I look forward to seeing what God has planned for us all. Maybe my piece of the puzzle is to help open others' eyes to the world? In a paper I wrote recently I spoke about the fact that there was a time in my life when the news shows saddened me but never really permeated my world. Now that I have seen it first hand, I cannot forget it.
I have been thinking alot about my roll in the grand scheme of things... last week I was reminded that my first ministry is to my family. My first job is to take care of my home. My thoughts have changed gears to how I can better serve at home. How I can better minister to my husband and children. What a concept huh? But how very true, if I am to make any changes anywhere it should be in my home, being Christ to my family. I will readily admit to being less than Christ-like most times at home. How in the world do I think I can be that way in the world? I think I will start practicing.
We watched the movie "Yes man" Friday night, not completely clean... but GREAT premise. I don't mean I will be saying yes to all obligations and questions, but how often as a mom do I say, no, or maybe, or later just because I am tired. Maybe I will be a Yes mom. ;o) Yes to more play time, yes to more kissy time, yes to more Candyland time and snuggle time.
I am still going to Ethiopia next year, but I look forward to working on my mission field at home in the mean time.