My one-year anniversary in Romania was yesterday at 8:20 p.m. I had been looking forward to this date. If not in reality, at least in my mind it’s an important milestone; one whole year in a foreign country learning on the job how to do missions work.
Months ago, I started thinking about what I’d write, figuring I’d have something deep, insightful, and spiritual to share. But I don’t. Partly, this is because the date snuck up on me. Partly, it’s because the thing I feel most certain about is that I’m still learning, still growing, still discovering. And I have a headache now.
Instead of a “year-in-review” (you’ll get something of the sorts in July when I put up my next prayer letter) or something deep (that’ll take a few years to get around to), I’d like to give you just a couple of my observations and reflections.
1. Ninety percent of following Jesus really is about simply not quitting.
2. Ministry is not a microwave but a slow-cooker; it takes a lot longer than you think it ought to.