Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Hot chocolate with marshmallows

Early this year, my fellow missionary doctor Erin and I started a Bible study for the single ladies who live and work on station.  We were also joined by Rachel, the MK high school teacher and honorary single gal on Wednesday evenings.  I was excited about the possibilities for this ministry, a chance to grow closer to the Lord and build relationships with the Papua New Guineans.  I had no idea...

We began with the book of 1 Timothy and soon learned that most of the girls had never been involved in such a Bible study.  We decided to move out of church issues and back to the foundation of our faith, the life of Jesus.  For the the last 7 months or so, we have been making our way through the Gospel of John.  (We just finished chapter 13, almost.)  I have been stretched:  learning to study the Word, learning to lead others and teaching them study.  I have been challenged:  to love one another and wash feet and live like Jesus, and so much more.  Wow, this has way exceeded my expectations.  

We finish each study with a round of "hot drinks," a choice of tea or hot chocolate.  Hot chocolate is the preferred drink just about every time.  Thanks to one of my Texas LINKS churches for the supply!  It is definitely being put to good use.

Marshmallows are a favorite, too.  Grace is especially fond of them.  One night she asked me where they came from.  No, they don't grow on a bush!  Hee hee.  This week I introduced the gals to roasted marshmallows.  We cooked them over the gas burner.  And they were a hit!  Just wait until you try smores :).

It is always a special time of getting to know each other, learning about each others families and cultures.  I just love storying with the girls :).  I have been so blessed by their friendships.

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us:  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love:  not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
~ 1 John 4:7-12

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