Missional Opportunities – Take Them

John 20:21

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

Thought for the Day:  God gives us many opportunities to share His love.

I love to crochet, and although I haven’t had a lot of time over the past few years I still love it fondly. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was young and I loved making the little afghans and yes, potholders. I began making little baby afghans when my husband and I began our adoption process for God to bring us the baby He wanted us to have. When our first baby came to us, I went to the car of the social worker, wrapped him in the blanket, and brought him into our house. He was wrapped in love within that special blanket.     After I began making the baby afghans, but before our babies came to us, I made two very special afghans for two very special young ladies in my life. Mark and I met two very precious little girls on our first trip to the Rio Bravo orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico, in 2001. Maricella and Blanca seemed to attach themselves to Mark and me from the time we stepped off the van. We shared so much time with them. We sang songs and played, and of course we did physical work around the campus. We went back to Reynosa the next year with our Mission Team and the girls were waiting, and waving as we drove into the campus. What a precious sight to see their smiling faces and then to spend time with them.

2003 brought a lot of change into our household as in the fall we awaited the coming of our first child with great anticipation. Because of that anticipation and one overseas trip, we were not able to go back to Rio Bravo, which brought us sadness in the midst of our joy about our new baby coming. I decided that since we were not able to go that I wanted to make afghans for these two little girls. I went to the store to pick out yarn colors and patterns that would be perfect for each girl. In a month’s time I made these two very special blankets and couldn’t wait to send them to “our girls.” A precious picture was brought back by our friends who made the trip showing two very special young ladies with the afghans wrapped around their shoulders. Maricella and Blanca, we are told, loved their afghans and sweet letters of thanks came back to us.  Now they are grown, and I wonder if they still have those blankets made with love.

Prayer:   God, thank you for the relationships you bring to us when we participate in mission trips and then when we share time with special people. Those blessed moments give us new perspectives, especially when we see those people wrapped in you love. Amen


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