As I mentioned earlier in the summer, you can rack your brain anticipating how the dynamics of the team will go. Will they get along? Will they work well together or bicker? Will there be unity or drama? Will there be focus? Will we struggle with sickness?
All this leads to wonder if we will be able to focus on making the most of Christ; being able to do the mission of the gospel and to establish growth in spiritual maturity. To progress each team member to establish themselves into a deeper level with Christ and a passion to serve beyond Nepal, and be the future of the church wherever they go.
Even up to seven days ago there was a lot I was not sure of. I can only liken it to coaching my baseball teams. As you weigh each team out you learn how to manage them. Where to push where to pull, where to encourage, where to challenge – all to get to the desired result (which they also want but are not always willing to go through what it takes to get there).
In the case of leading a team of students like this, it is hard to not base it on how much they like me or how my relationship with them. To focus on that it is about getting them to a point of loving Christ and serving Him even if that does not include me. Many times in years past it seems things come together right out of the shoot. With other teams it seems it may not happen, but then a light goes on as God penetrates their hearts and they seem to suddenly get it.
The latter is how it was with this team. It was slow. There were questions of what ministry looks like and confusion on how to even start a conversation. There was even surprise that we do things like discipleship and memory work to set them up for a lifetime of serving Christ.
In this last week though, I am watching not only team camaraderie happen, but a understanding of why we serve and have engaged in discipleship this summer and how they can apply it at home. We have encouraged them to get plugged in right away back home at church and in other areas of service. I also encouraged them to rest – they need it after working hard everyday this summer.
So I ask you to also love on them and be patient with them. But also continue to push them, pull them, encourage them and challenge them to continue in the work God has started in them and wants to complete.
For the Nepal Family,
PS. Nepal is on their flight home!
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