We go forward with increasing excitement. We've visited a local Indonesian church here and I am overjoyed to find that I can sit and tell stories and joke with the young moms my age IN Indonesian. I love the easy-going humor in most Indonesians, and the extent to which so much of it feels familiar to me. We're being immersed into current missiology, terms like CPM and UPG are used without blinking an eye. As we talk to people and go to conferences, I've been overjoyed to find people I knew as a child who have faithfully served all these years all across Indonesia and have seen the fruit of their work. I find us joining hands in a common vision between Indonesian church leaders and international missionaries of all stripes, and ya'll, that's cool.
Doing all of this with a kiddo? Umm, possibly crazy and usually the choice is between crying or just laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. The poor kid has been put through long road trips, ill-timed flights, late nights, and meetings and conferences in which no one expects a child to show up. It's true that he'll grow up more flexible than most kids and it'll fit in just fine in Indonesia, but it doesn't work in America when a kid melts down during your meeting or conference session or college class!
And then there's the fact that Judah has newly-diagnosed allergies to several things, including peanuts, which are in everything in Indonesia. And he's showing a speech delay, which I'm not yet freaking out about, but keeping a concerned eye on. What does this mean for our future?
Last week we were in Chicago support-raising and it was a packed time, but oh, the people we know? They are amazing. I found myself humbled at the end of every day at really how impressive each person and family is. Some of them intentionally live simply, far under their means, so that they can give. They have foregone impressive careers and homes to serve - students, their neighborhoods, in the ghetto, in small church plants. They've done the painful work of starting new things from nothing, in radio, in micro finance. They open their homes in amazing hospitality. I just feel like, wow, we know amazing, faithful, loving, joyful people. I want to be like them.