But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.1 Corinthians 12:18-27
April has been a month of taking a bigger role in leadership decisions. My co-workers and I have grown in unity. However, it has looked different than I expected. There have been many setbacks, plans disrupted, and doors closed to what I thought were the next steps. It’s been stressful. It’s been uncomfortable. But I am confident it has been all God intended it to be.
I have struggled with feeling useless and unqualified as I see my lack in basic areas of knowledge and experience. But I take comfort in the reminder that “those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.”
What I have been up to the past month
- Watching over the children, getting to know them more deeply, advocating for them, and helping keep employees on track with their care.
- Planning a wedding, preparing for a baby, and marriage counseling with a young couple about to move out on their own. I definitely don’t have much wisdom to share in the area of marriage, but I’ve learned a ton for my own future in our discussions!
- Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Believe it or not, it takes a lot of conversations to keep an organization like this running and to maintain unity amongst the leadership.
- Organizing and cleaning shared spaces. (The most exciting and fulfilling part of ministry, lol!)
- Gaining more medical skills. I’m learning to read prescriptions, compare medications, dose them, kill fungus, lower fevers, and decide the best treatment for each ailment.
- Growing in my confidence speaking Creole. I’m now able to have important conversations completely on my own, without the help of a translator.
- Learning a lot about strong and healthy relationships in this culture. How to navigate cultural differences, to give up unrealistic expectations, to manage conflict, and what it means to love those around me well.
- Studying the Creole Bible translation in comparison to the English.
- And of course– holding babies, singing songs, taking walks, braiding hair, washing clothes, and cooking food to share.
- Maturity, godliness, wisdom, guidance, and provision for the soon to be newlyweds
- Continued wisdom for my co-workers and me with changes in our staff and ministry for the better of our kids.
- Deep unity despite the Enemy’s attempts to bring division.
- Safe travels home for me on May 9th.
- Needed spiritual renewal and funds for my return in July.