- From the introduction to THIN PLACES, an Urban Skye Advent Guide
In other news, we leave in about 72 hours for our big trip to "South Asia" (Oh ministry vaguness...we're flying to the country where the Taj Mahal is located and where Mother Teresa served in ministry...subtle, I know.)
There are a lot of plans for this trip like growing partnerships, campus ministry, training students, team connection etc but the two things I find my thoughts really settling on are:
1. Time ministering to women in brothels and who are currently in slavery of the sex traffic system as well as loving on young ladies aged 9-17 who have been RESCUED from sex trafficking. Wow. Two very different experiences but truly waiting upon Jesus to show up and strengthen us.
Generous friends and supporters donated over 500 chapsticks, 200 nail polishes, dozens of candy canes, as well as bags of clothes and shoes to bless these sweet girls with! All through a several Facebook status requests!
2. I am also really looking forward to serving in Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying. This facility was set up by Mother Teresa as a place where those of the lowest caste system, the dalits could die with dignity and the feel the blessing of human touch:
dalit: a designation for a group of people traditionally regarded as Untouchable
Here they experience care in their finals months or moments. Our daily goals include changing bed pans, holding sick hands, clipping toenails, cleaning rooms, or serving in anyway needed. If I'm honest this will probably expose some really ugly sides of my self-comfort and selfish weakness. We are prayerfully considering and begging for motives to serve to reflect the gospel of Jesus and see His kingdom come even for a few hours in this home.
So that is what we are up to these next few weeks. After the 10 day trip as a staff team Ryan and I get to stay back in India for 3 more days to just explore the country and be together. I'm anticipating tremendous amounts of chai tea, good reading, and needed reflection in those days. Updates and stories to come!
He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.
2 Samuel 22:20