Mrs Cindy

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BACK TO SCHOOL is an extremely nostalgic time for myself.  A time laced full of sentimental longing, slight dread, but eagerness for a new start!  Each school year for as long as I can remember, has began the exact same way: THE CLASSROOM SET UP!  You know those few days before the official first day for teachers when you must complete the monumental and important task of making your room just perfect.  Choosing your classroom layout, deciding upon themes, designing bulletin boards, and making everything fun and inviting for the new year!  As a young child I always looked forward to helping my mom with these task, and even have vivid memories of watching her and fellow teachers make the infamous chair pockets!  Then as we got older we sometimes hated to trade a day at the pool for furniture moving, but we did it anyways!  Subsequently, as mom reached retirement and my sister and I began our teaching careers the tables turned.  However, the classrooms remained.  She has been returning the favor each year, and then some, as she is always a HUGE help to us in the classroom set up scramble.  Well, as you can probably imagine, the stress was looming as I thought about how in the world I would do this all on my own this year.  Adding to the equation trying to do so in the middle of the African bush!!!  I thought about it a lot, prayed about it, and tried to not let it overcome me.  I mean my classroom doesn’t have to be perfect does it?!  Pushing it aside, telling myself it would get done, moving on!

Well then God, no matter how cheesy it sounds, sent an angel to Egbe!!!  Last Saturday when welcoming our new volunteer team of 15 to the compound, Cindy Borody, stepped out of the van, gave me a huge, heart warming hug and said to me, “I have been praying for you every day!” Upon further conversation I discovered Cindy to be a long time missionary from SIMCanada.  She was here in Egbe to simply accompany her husband James.  James currently a lab technician with Worldwide Labs was in charge of setting up and training our lab staff here at Egbe Hospital in January.  He and Cindy were returning this time for a week to check-up on how things were operating!  Cindy joked that she was simply James “excess baggage”. However, I would consider it to be just the opposite -SORRY JAMES!  You see, when James and Cindy served at Galmi Hospital in Niger for 5 years Cindy was the missionary compound teacher!  Precisely what I am in the midst of trying to establish here in Egbe- and God just sent me an EXPERT!!!

WOW, I was blown away! Cindy told me she was mine for the week and would love to help me in any way she could.  What an IMMENSE joy and help it proved to be.  This women is FILLED and BURSTING at the seam with the holy spirit.  She made the classroom set up a joy as we organized, sorted and decorated. All while she poured into me an abundance of knowledge and wisdom about teaching missionary kids inside a one room school house.  However, the best lesson she taught me was to guard your passion and love for those kids. Don’t let that get lost and do whatever you have to do to protect it! Watching her hug on, sing with, and even stop to listen and pray with the kids around the compound made her such a hero to me.  She allowed me to stop, relax, de stress and focus on allowing God to pour through me and into these kids instead of stressing over perfection!

So, there she was. The closest thing to my Mom helping me as I could get, and the warm feeling of BACK TO SCHOOL was restored.  I love watching how my weakness is made strong through Him. He knows my heart, He knows the aspects that make this new season of life hard for me, and He brings me comfort with each new day. He even sends me angels!!!

 

RISE and SHINE and give GOD your GLORY!

“Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.  

God’s bright glory has risen for you.”

Psalm 60:1 The Message

It was easily one of our favorite parts of Egbe last summer and it continues to ring true for our life here now!  Many have heard us talk about it and even have shown you videos.  However, everyone must experience an Egbe morning! This community truly embraces the essence of one of my favorite childhood songs based from the above scripture Psalm 60:1.   Therefore, I am thankful to now have the opportunity to truly live this out day to day.  Each morning Nick goes to devotion time with the hospital staff and/or the workshop devotion with the revitalization and maintenance staff.  Simultaneously, I spend my mornings in devotions at the guest house kitchen with the women of the compound. We also enjoy going to the nursing schools devotion in Chapel on Wednesday mornings.  Each is unique, but all have one thing in common, they rejoice and praise the new day in paramount fashion!!  The singing and dancing is contagious! So much so, that Nick and I have to let go of our inability to keep a beat and shameful American nature to just LET LOOSE!!

We love starting our days this way.  Back home we always tried to have our daily, personal devotion time and did so most days.  However, we all know our hectic lifestyles can often force this time to be replaced, shortened, or even have the feeling of another event scheduled into our day.  Although, here it is just as much a part of your day as sleeping and eating.  If devotion time is over by the time you are suppose to start work then so be it.  However, if the holy spirit is leading us to a lengthy discussion of the daily topic we gladly stay- not checking and stressing over time!

I hope you all will enjoy the below videos showing an Egbe morning and I hope to encourage each of you to quiet your soul to start each day. Suppress all the “STUFF” the world is telling you to do. Then allow the JOY found in our Lord to come flooding in!

JUST GET OUT OF BED, PUT YOUR FACE IN THE LIGHT, BECAUSE GODS GLORY GREETS YOU WITH EACH NEW DAY- REJOICE IN THAT!!!!

WOMEN AND WORKSHOP DEVOTIONS <- CLICK HERE!!

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