Monday, July 2, 2012

reflection - susan smith

In preparation for NativityMissions international short-term trips, our missionaries meet weekly in the months leading up to their departure. The Home Team is a group of folks who serve from Timonium, helping with logistical prep, team building, discussions, and many other facets of the preparation process. Their focus is to serve the Travel Team, ensuring that they're each equipped and ready to engage from the start. This week the C2 - Haiti Home Team members will be sharing reflections on their end of experience. Today's reflection is from Susan Smith:

As I reflect this week on what it has meant to me to be a part of the Haiti Home Team here at Nativity, one word comes to mind.......BLESSED!  We have worked together for the last fourteen weeks to prepare for the first mission trip to St. Anne's Church in Haiti.  During this time together, we have prayed, worshiped, laughed and cried, but the most important thing that happened was the relationships that developed within our team. Those friendships will be treasured in my heart forever!

We are told in Ephesians 2:10 that, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." This partnership with St. Anne's was prepared for Nativity long ago and now is the time to see what God has planned for this trip. Mother Teresa once said, "I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world."  As our team Ellen, Mitch, J.J., and Jeanette are in Haiti with Fr. Wilner and the parishioners of St. Anne's Church, I pray for the relationships that they are building there.  I am grateful for their hearts and for their willingness to be "the pencils." I can't wait to hear the story that was written when they return.

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