January Newsletter

January 2020



Asia Retreat:

     In Thailand, there is typically a break from work and school for the New Year. This year, I had a break for eleven days. I was very blessed to be able to spend this time in Taiwan. Of course, this is largely because I was able to see my fiancé, Richard, but it’s also because we were able to join an Asia-wide retreat for around half of this time.

     Every two years or so, the Office of International Mission Asia region has a family retreat. This was the first one to take place while I have been on field. I’m so thankful that I was able to go.

     Every morning, we had training from Ambassadors of Reconciliation to equip us to guide people through the reconciliation process. The Gospel is all about reconciliation: first, our reconciliation to God, then, our reconciliation to each other. This is the model that Ambassadors of Reconciliation uses. When we are in conflict with someone else, the first step is to find what has become our idol, what we are loving, trusting, or fearing more than God. Through confession and absolution, we are forgiven and set free. This enables us to also forgive others and be reconciled. The training was very interesting, beneficial, and humbling.

     The other main focuses of the retreat were worship, fellowship, and rest. We had three worship services every day, and a lot of free time in the afternoon and evenings. It was wonderful to be able to get to know some of the other missionaries a little better, and worship our loving God together with them.

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