When life happens, good or bad, it is always better to share it with someone. This summer has been full of reconnecting and sharing life with great people.
Three weeks ago, we celebrated G42’s fifth year anniversary in MIjas. We had 30+ alumni roll into town on Sunday for a week of teachings, talent shows, long meals together, updates, and a whole lot of laughter and fun.
One of my favorite parts of the week was listening to the updates from the alumni. We heard from alumni in the Czech Republic, Cambodia, Thailand, Ukraine, and countless states in the U.S. It was very special for Dustin and I, because we have been a part of many alumni’s six months at G42. Over the last two years, we have sat in class with many of them as they shared their vision projects during their term at G42. We challenged and pushed the dreams God had placed in their hearts. We questioned the reality of such lofty goals, and prayed that they would succeed.
I think many of them would say that it doesn’t look quite like they expected when they left G42. At times, they felt alone and overwhelmed. They might say they didn’t expect to be back in America. Some would say they didn’t think it would be quite so hard.
But they are doing it.
Sean Smith is wrapping up five years in Thailand where he and his team have been documenting the genocide of a people group on the Thailand/Burma border.
Thomas and Stacey Wensil are working overtime to pay off debt, with a plan to be missionaries in Cambodia by fall 2015.
Tara Stephenson and Shanda Dodd (both former G42 staff) are moving next month to help Steph and Martin Mendez with a church plant in Málaga, Spain.
And the list goes on. No story is the same, but the purpose is profound, yet simple: to bring Christ to the nations. No one would say pioneering a ministry, starting a church, moving overseas, or even working two jobs to pay off debt has been easy, but definitely something worth fighting for.
In our lives, we are able to share in each others successes and failures, joys and hardships. We are not meant to live a life of solitude, but a life of community and fellowship. We are not alone. God is always with us, and He puts people in our lives to celebrate and encourage us to never give up, and never stand still. Keep encouraging those around you, because there is life inside of you that they need.
Life is rich with great people, and YOU are one of them.
Photo credit: Sean Smith and Whitney Gorbett