Affirmed In Love

12 Jul

We were the last ones out.  If we would have yelled out the joy of our hearts, the echoes reverberating in the mammoth empty assembly would have rebounded in a still lingering affirmation of love.  In the most accurate sence, it was not a sending service that was concluded after the last hand shake and embrace.  It was just a family saying farewell.  It was a massive outpouring of support and well wishes that left us overwhelmed in thanksgiving.  It was unity dressed in real flesh and bones and not just aspired-to verbage.  Each of us present had varying degrees of passion and conviction about missions, but all of us present recognized the Holy Spirit’s voice speaking to each of our hearts from God’s passion for missions.  Individual missions, from adoption to community service, to sacrificial giving, to one week short-term trips.  But collectively, God building and preserving His Kingdom.

We anticipated an emotional experience.  It was that.  Those emotions were not crushing.  They allowed us to realize how much we love the special people in our lives.  They allowed us to see how much we love our church and the brethren.  As I walked off the pulpit yesterday morning God firmly implanted a memory of a praying congregation who have impacted our lives in the past.  The afternoon firmly implanted a memory that will impact our lives in the future.

The assurance of your continued prayers deeply affected us.  For some this will be daily, for others it will be weekly or monthly, regardless of frequency we are grateful to have our mission brought to the Father for His blessing.  The power of love to share hope with hearts came to life yesterday afternoon.  Not with the tongues of men, or as sounding brass, or tinkling cymbal, and not through a glass darkly, but face to face.

4 Responses to “Affirmed In Love”

  1. Carol Klopfenstein July 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    so thankful you felt the support and encouragement of our church familly we will be praying- especially for safe travels tomorrow- our love, Dennis and Carol

  2. don and suzie fiechter July 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Allen and Susan,

    As I thought of your calling, your work, this morning, I was reading Acts 13. The last verse is another prayer we have for you – ” And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” We love you!!

  3. Doyle & Jane Frauhiger July 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Dear Allen and Susan,

    May God Bless you richly as you go on the mission field.
    Our love and prayers, Doyle and Jane

  4. sharon pacala July 13, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Allen and Susan,

    We love you and will miss very much, We know God is with you all the way. We wish you
    every success and know you will be successful. God has a plan for you both.

    Love to you both, Ted and Sharon.

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