Saturday, November 18, 2006

Cutting the Apron Springs

I just spent two weekends out of Brazil working on my degree in the USA. That was two weekends away from our church plants in São Leopoldo. For 10 months now, I've been out there multiple times per week praying, evangelizing, doing Bible studies, and trying to impart vision to our church planting team.

Now, my great desire is to see the Brazilians I have been working with completely take charge of the work. So, it may very well have been God's timing that had me miss a couple of weeks. But...it has been hard to not be there - to not know what was going on.

So, I felt a little bit torn about going back out there tonight - would it be better for me not to go? Do they need me? So, I called one of the members of my team. And he basically said "we've got it under control." So, for the first time since January, I didn't go out there when I could have gone. Now, of course, he was just talking about his group, not the other but still - in a way it was nice, in a way it was a bittersweet - they don't need me any more - but it was a lot more nice!

So, tomorrow, I'll check in with one of the other groups - we'll see if they are doing as well. I'll continue to meet with the core group for a while to talk strategy, and we need to get our new converts baptized. Also, we need to have the big meeting with the mother church pastor to hash out some relational and directional things, but all in all, things seem to be moving in the right direction. Sigh...It's good to cut the apron strings - and highly necessary for the future health and welfare of the group, but I think I'm starting to understand a bit more of the Apostle Paul's perspective when he spoke of his constant burden for the churches!

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