15 October 2009

Commissioning Ceremony

David and I were part of a commissioning ceremony yesterday at MAF. It's sort of an official welcome and send-off for all the families here participating in Orientation. All the other families are headed to Indonesia, much to our loss--we'll miss them! John Boyd, the president of MAF US, (pictured above) and Ron Pritz, president of MAF International, both welcomed us and had words of wisdom to share. I (Christine) found Ron's message particularly moving...it was based on Genesis 12:5-9 (NASB).

Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan. Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him. Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD. Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev.

Ron encouraged us to keep an eternal focus. Our life is fairly itinerant (living in tents), but we can follow Abraham's example by building altars--sharing Christ's love and investing on people's lives. We can't build great houses, but we can build God's kingdom.

As we stood up there on the stage, I thought of all the people whose eternal focus has helped us--many of you have invested in us! We wished you could have been there to send us off--God willing, we'll get to see many of you before we leave! We're scheduled to leave in March: please let us know if you want to hang out before we go! I know it seems far off now, but times flies...


Christine (and David)

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