Literally the last thing we dd before leaving Oklahoma to get on a plane for the East Coast (and eventually Poland) was spend an evening of food, fellowship, and prayer with our combined families at Brit's parents' house. All kinds of people from all over OKC were there...Aaron's grandparents, aunt and uncle, little brother, and his adopted brother, Josh; Brit's grandmas, parents, aunt and uncle, sisters and brother-in-law, her adopted brother, Nik, and his family, too.
Just before our family prayer time, Brit's dad, Rex, read the following promise from the book of Isaiah:
"This is what God the Lord says - he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: I, the Lord, have calle dyou in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will mak you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness." -Isaiah 42:5-7 (NIV)
It reminds me (Aaron) of another powerful promise, this time from the book of Jeremiah...one I first heard referenced as a child listening to my Papa Els's cassette tapes of missionary sermons (in this case, Elmer Schmelzenbach's recollections of life of service spent in Swaziland, South Africa):
"Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." -Jeremiah 33:2-3 (KJV)
These promises remind us of our only real purpose here in Poland...to call out to God for sustenance and guidance, to trust his will for our lives, and to carry out the work that he has called us into here. We pray every day that it will be so!