Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Importance of Being Teachable

I like to consider myself a lifelong learner.  I love to learn new things and enjoy the pursuit of it all. Right now, Mark and I are knee deep in our attempt to learn the German language. We meet weekly with our tutor (Maria, you are sehr gut!) and weekly she stretches and inspires us to leave our inhibitions at the door and just try. It can be a very humbling experience at times. We make mistakes, sound like tourists and probably look incredibly foolish to everyone around us at the ever busy 21st Ave. Starbucks! But, being humble is a first step in being teachable.
This journey we are on is all about being humble and teachable. Mark and I have been so blessed by the people that have come alongside us and are walking this road with us. These are people that God has appointed to teach us and shape us. Each dessert night we attend, each meeting we have and each passing conversation with friends and supporters we have, God teaches us. We have received such valuable advice and input in recent weeks and the one thing that Mark and I keep saying to each other is how important it is for us to be teachable. We obviously have so much to learn about raising support and communicating our ministry to others. We need our community of believers, friends and supporters to speak into our hearts and minds words of wisdom. We welcome it! This ministry to which we have been called is one that we all (if you're reading this, that means you too!) have been called to. Each person has a part to play, even if it is just a suggestion on how to refine our presentation. So, to all of you who have offered advice we thank you. Keep it coming! We are humbled and teachable and hope to stay that way for the rest of our lives. 
Blessings and peace,
Susan

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Kaffee und Kuchen

The title is German for coffee and cake. Kaffe und Kuchen is one German tradition that I can really get into! Germans, like most Europeans, eat dinner in the late evening. So, in the afternoons they typically take a break and have coffee and cake. It is a time for them to socialize with friends and family as well. While we were on our discernment trip, I noticed this daily event and was impressed with how important relationships seem to be to them. People were enjoying themselves, their cake and their conversations.
Very soon, you may be receiving an invitation to Kaffe und Kuchen from some of our friends and family. We want to share our lives with you, our journey and our ministry. We pray that you will be able to take a break from your busy day and come to hear what God is doing at the Black Forest Academy and how you can be a part of such a vital ministry-serving the kids of missionaries all over the world...not to mention enjoying a sweet treat and steaming hot coffee:)
Blessings and peace,
Susan

Friday, May 2, 2008

Daily Advice Column

So, we’ve been on a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster this week. Various situations have had us up on the mountaintop one day and down in the valley the next. It’s been a good week. Really. It’s not that I enjoy the valleys by any means, but I accept them as part of the process…the refining fire that will prayerfully prepare us for the ups and downs of ministry. As I was praying through this tough week, I was reminded of our rector’s recent sermon. I distinctly remember him saying that God is not in the business of asking for our advice. Ouch…but, so true. Recently, God has gently let me know that He has me in the palm of His hand and I am to fit into His plan and wait for Him. His timing is perfect. Oh, that we would daily submit to His plan and His timing rather than writing a daily advice column for Him.
Blessings and peace,
Susan