Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Hundred Times

Mark 10: 29"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first."

I just wanted to share something from the last week that has stuck with me. We were having a great celebratory Lord's Day: Ray and Robin had completely moved out of their house and into ours and we had both of J-T's parents visiting us. A small brigade of children came to the porch during our dessert time of the evening. They walked up the steps slowly, unsure of whether there was an invitation (it was clear we were all dressed up for Lord's Day). One of the guys in our household chatted with them for a few minutes and then told them that they should come back another time because we were having a family night.

Many of us missionaries have not lived in Indiana before moving to Indianapolis, and have left family behind in order to do this work. But, we were all sitting on our front porch on a lovely evening, with our new family. We were a large crowd, happily sharing our blessings from the week (a tradition for People of Praise Lord's Days), and it was an honor to be there. Thank you, Lord for giving us family in Indianapolis! It is a joy to live out the gospel.

1 comment:

  1. bill sjoberg1:10 PM

    Mary - love your news! Justin Lokke gave a sharing at last night's men's night about his time in South Bend. The Mission initiative is having such an impact on our young folks.

    BTW...as a Purdue Grad...it is great to see POP present on campus. Let the Holy Spirit move with power!