Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Caring enough to Learn...Learning enough to Care

Psalms 23 - The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  H makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

It’s hard to believe it is already day 4 of PFO.  Yesterday we had our 1st full day of orientation.  There are missionaries here going to all continents of the world except Antarctica!  We explored what it would be like to visit a different culture through a role-play type game.   The teens joined us for this exercise and we got to experience visiting another culture as well as having someone from another culture visit us.  We are learning not to judge other cultures for their differences, but to take the time to care enough to learn about the culture.   The overall theme for PFO is “Caring enough to learn….Learning enough to care”.

The afternoon sessions were focused on our Myers-Briggs personality profiles.  We completed the questionnaire prior to coming to PFO and received our results yesterday.  Billy and I were surprised by our results and how they better help us understand ourselves and others.  We were able to have dinner with the session speaker and explore our results in a more personal way.

Mitchell and Lydia seem to be enjoying their classes.  They are in the 12-18 year old group with 15 other children.  They are making friends and enjoying the freedom of running around the college campus.  Mitchell has enjoyed playing soccer several evenings already!

While we are thankful to be away and have this time for God to allow us to rest and restore us, our hearts are heavy for family and friends who continue to face difficulties.  We found out yesterday several of our friends’ homes are flooded from tropical storm Debbie.  Also Billy’s cousins in Colorado are now back in their home, but the threat of fire is not over.  And then there are those facing cancer and other medical or life difficulties.  And so we pray knowing that our God is sovereign and in control!

Grateful to Him,
Ada (aka "Miss" Clair)

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