Defining Wonderful

Defining Wonderful

    Defining Wonderful

“Teaching is hard work all day, everyday.  You will fall in love with the children here.  The devil knows the individual and personal ways that he can discourage you and he will use them.”

These emphatic words spoken by John Bloom during the first days at Immanuel Mission proved to be right on every count.  Looking back after almost three years of teaching both first and second grade, I consider this experience to be a gift from my Heavenly Father.  So much was new and somewhat strange at first.  How would I make my involvement with these people come to fruition?  And what eventually made my time here so good?

God taught me so much…how He delights in meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs in remote settings.  Magnificent sunsets and sunrises…a lovely little apartment, multitudes of various footprints in the thick Mission dust…the ins and outs of relating to others.  Comprehending more of the Navajo culture has been a challenge.  But struggling to make lesson plans clear enough for young hearers to grasp, hearing, “Oh, I get it!”, and becoming aware of the children sensing some of the greatness of God, I have felt a deep satisfaction in being here at the Mission.  A love has indeed developed for the people here.

Growing and Worshiping with the saints through Sunday morning meetings, small groups in Mission homes and prayer and singing times on Tuesday nights has brought great joy.  Even when a rubbing of each other the wrong way occurs, God in His great grace has a way of making all things right.  I have seen personal and group application of Christ’s  death and resurrection in lives here as well.  “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Without His life working through us we have nothing at all. Easy?Absolutely not! Worthwhile? You bet!

Growing and Worshiping with the saints through Sunday morning meetings, small groups in Mission homes and prayer and singing times on Tuesday nights has brought great joy.  Even when a rubbing of each other the wrong way occurs, God in His great grace has a way of making all things right.  I have seen personal and group application of Christ’s  death and resurrection in lives here as well.  “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Without His life working through us we have nothing at all. Easy?Absolutely not! Worthwhile? You bet!

“Wonderful – cause of  astonishment  or surprise,  aroused  by  something      extraordinary, feeling curiosity or doubt.” Yes! All of this and more have taken place in my heart and life as I have had the  privilege   of   serving  Jesus   here   at  Immanuel Mission.  Humility encountered… joys  accepted…loving fellowship imparted. 

I believe  that  the  Lord is  calling me elsewhere now.  But in many ways, I will miss Immanuel Mission.  This place and the people here will always hold a special place in my heart. Come visit.  See this setting for yourself.  Consider lending a year of so of your life to this or another Mission/work of the Lord.  Get to know God  even  more  in  this  wonderful kind of way.

Ginny Brown

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