I'm going to start a new series of posts titled 'Life As Is...'
It will most likely be ramblings on things that I am thinking...Probably things based off lectures that I hear, interactions with people, and my life working in missions.
My first thoughts for this entry are centred around the area of relationships. Now, in regards to relationships I don't mean 'ooo' lovey dovey romantic relationships, but relationships in general. Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, brothers, sisters- you get the picture.
I'll start...about here:
I live in a giant house; it's more popularly known as 'Lewis House'
It has had up to a hundred people at a time.
I've always shared a room with at least one other person, and right now I live in a bigger space that is shared amongst four girls, including myself.
The house ranges in types of people, some are long term residents and have been here for years, some people only come for a few days.
The ages span from about eighty-three years old right down to about seven years old and consist mostly of twenty-somethings.
On average I see about sixty new people a year come for a three month period of time, they learn heaps about God and are challenged in many different areas of their faith, then they go away on outreach for two months to share all the amazing things they just learned in the past three months and return for about a week to debrief and finish things up. Afterwards they move on…some move on to jobs back home where they're from, others continue schooling elsewhere, and some come back here to be on 'staff' for a period of time.
Since first coming to Lewis House, nearly four years ago, I reckon I've changed a lot.
I came somewhat reserved, I was not sure what to expect and honestly I was a bit freaked out when I first arrived, not for any particular reason, aside from the fact that I just traveled half-way around the world to do this six-month training course called DTS (Discipleship Training School) with 7 other strangers from various parts of the world, and also living with about fifty other strangers who are on 'staff' from various parts of the world.(I mean seriously, what the heck! who does that??? I'll tell you this, it is more people than one would think)
I learned that God is all about relationship. He is not some far away, old man sitting in a chair up in 'heaven' monitoring our every move, trying to figure out how to fix all the problems we've gotten ourselves in. No. God is near, He speaks, He provides, He does miracles, He answers prayers, He makes dreams come true, He knows what we're going through; pain, suffering, temptation, joy, love, etc.
How does the God of the universe, the holy, pure, and perfect, mighty God, know what it is like to be human???
One name: JESUS
TO BE CONTINUED...