Encouragement from Arusha


Another week has come and gone so quickly. We have definitely had a blessed week. There a lot of great things to look forward to in the coming weeks and months and a lot of preparation to do. We are constantly humbled and grateful to be here. Sometimes, we are overwhelmed (in a good way) with the amount of work there is to be done and all of the fantastic opportunities we are blessed with.

After having been here for going on five months, we can already look back at so many incredible times that have really changed our lives. I wouldn't have thought that Africa could change people so much, but here we are with new outlooks on things and different perspectives in general. I wish I could bottle up some of the innocence, generosity, and authenticity of the people here. Every day, when talking with Africans, we can't help but be joy-filled and walk away with a smile. Their joyful spirits are contagious and we could certainly learn a lot from them. It makes me think, where do we find our joy?

I have had a certain scripture on my mind, so I will share it with you all. 

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58

I hope this encourages you as much as it has me. I often reflect on Paul's journeys, and even our "bad days" are not near as bad as some of the trials he went through. It is a good reminder that the work we do for the Lord is valuable. When we feel like no matter how much we do for the Lord, it's not enough, this verse is a good reminder that as long as we are abounding in His work and laboring in His kingdom, our efforts are not in vain. How awesome it is to be a child of God and exhaust ourselves in His service!  

May you all be blessed and have a great week! 

In Him, 

Mason and Haley

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Posted on August 22, 2016 .