If you haven’t yet, I suggest you read Part 1 before proceeding… I’ll wait…
Okay. So Robbie and I had an experience in Sandland in 2010 that seriously altered our lives. We met an unreached people group in the desert, fell in love, and came back to the states to work hard and return to them. We were pumped. The plan was to study Arabic in Egypt for 2 years, then return to these precious people.
And then the poop hit the fan. The government in Sandland expelled all of our friends and partners, and we discovered that the door to the country was slammed in our faces. We were shocked, heartbroken, and confused.
“Lord, did we not hear from you”? “What do we do now”? “What about that magical tea time”?
As Robbie and I sat in our apartment in Egypt, these were some of the many questions we offered up to the Lord. We waited, and we prayed. We also kept studying Arabic and ended up staying in Egypt for 3 years, working with some amazing people and learning even more how to abide in Jesus.
Almost exactly a year ago, Robbie and I, along with two other couples, went on an exploratory trip to Bordertown. We were interested in the possibility of moving there, but we also desperately wanted to know where exactly the Lord would want us. As soon as the plane touched the ground, I was excited. I kept thinking, “this could be it! This could be my home!”. I can’t explain exactly why, but I just loved it there. And then the miracles started happening…
- We met with an amazing person who sat us down to tell us how much the city needed proclaimers.
- We met with another couple with small kids who showed us, through word and action, that it was possible to flourish there as a family.
- We were approached by a person who worked at a local school and invited to attend her lecture the following day, and through this person we were able to make several connections that we were able to follow up with. This same person told us more about an unreached people group in the area, and how very difficult it was to make deep connections with them.
- The NEXT DAY we received a phone call from the son of a local tribal chief from this same people group, inviting us to tea and a meal at his local camel farm. Whaaaaat? Exactly.
So here I was, halfway through our weeklong trip in Bordertown, riding up a mountain in our rental SUV going to have tea with this family who represented an unreached people group. As we stepped out of the cars we were warmly greeted and introduced to “grandma and grandpa”, two super cute old people who sat on a mat together in the sun. Next the ladies were ushered up the steps to greet and hang out with the local ladies, as the men were then taken on a grand tour of the farm.
The ladies gave us beautiful local clothes to wear, and giggled as we immediately put them on and made over how gorgeous they were. Then we all settled down to snacks, soda, and lots of chatting. Even though our dialect was different, we were still able to talk and enjoy one another’s company. The men came back at one point with a bowl full of fresh, hot camel milk for us all to try, so we tried it. And yes, it was disgusting.
Afterward, the ladies made us tea and we sat together, laughing and enjoying breeze as the sun began to set. And suddenly, the scene became so familiar.
I was holding my small cup of tea, looking out over the landscape, and I felt a deep confirmation that this would be home. Moreso, I felt the Lord whisper in my heart that He gave us that experience in 2010 in Sandland- to prepare us for now. The opportunity wasn’t wasted. He knew where he wanted us from the start, and He has used every step in our journey to lead us to exactly where He wants us to be. So hopefully, this summer we will be able to say that Borderland is our new home. I seriously can’t wait.
Have you ever wondered what in the world the Lord is doing in your life? Are you walking through something now that just does not make any sense? If so, keep trusting. He knows exactly what He’s doing.