Everyone has asked me what the biggest adjustment for me has been. Has it been the food, the culture, the lonliness? I have thought about this awhile and so far the biggest adjustment is that these sweet servants of God never clock out.
At home I never stop loving Jesus and I am open to every opportunity He sends my way but it is different here. I have my weekends where I go to church yes, and I love Him just the same as I do on the week days but I plan my weekends according to my social needs. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and in fact it is what I miss the most but it’s almost as if I clock in and out of when I am going to do ministry and when I am going to do “me” time.
Arise Africa staff does not clock out. When they are not doing ministry they are resting with their families. They hold all night prayer services begging the Lord for their prayers to be met. They are constantly bending low to serve others. There are endless request for relief, food, and money…you have to have a spirit of prayerfulness at all times to hear when the Lord would have you meet the need or pray for another answer.
It is the weekend and it’s 7pm on a Saturday night. I have just kissed 52 heads goodnight and I sit alone eating dinner and will not have any adult interaction until Monday. The Dacia side of me wants to check out of ministry and just go find someone to hang out with or be on the internet all night…and then I am reminded my other friends here in Africa are up praying. I am being challenged in every direction.
Please be in prayer for sweet Marvin the two year old who is suffering from neglect and malnutrition. He is starting to become responsive. We are praying for miracles and weight gain.
Thank you all for holding me up in prayer. I am truly blessed to be serving here. I am being changed more and more each day. I want to fall more in love with Him…