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Prayer Letter – September 2013

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Back to the U.S.

It’s been just over a year since I first arrived in Romania.  I’ve been feeling the need for a while to take a trip back to the U.S. for some time to rest, visit family/friends, and share some stories with all the support team back home.

At first, the idea was super exciting.  The last few months in particular have been difficult here, with life in the city really starting to wear on me and homesickness setting in as well.  Not to mention the chest cold I picked up a month ago that hasn’t gone away.  (Oh, I just mentioned it.)  The thought of getting to visit home again was looking really good.

But then I started to realize Wisconsin isn’t really home anymore.  Yes, I have many family and friends there, people who love me, but it isn’t really home anymore.  I grew up in Green Bay, but I’ve only visited periodically since 1999 when I graduated from high school.  My family lives there, but everything’s changed, and I don’t really belong there anymore.  And though I spent about ten years ministering to students in Spring Green, that’s not really my home, either.  I’ve moved away, and others have taken over the work I used to do.

I’m starting to feel out of place already.

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Bringing Risky Back – Sent As Sheep Among Wolves

I spent about ten years living and ministering in a small town in southern Wisconsin.  A number of the families in our church body were raising farm animals.  One family had goats.

Not once (in all my years in that fellowship) did I ever hear that family express worry over what would happen to the poor coyotes and mountain lions if one curious little goat managed to escape the pen.

Because we all know full well the fate that would await such an adventurous little guy:  coyote food.

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In Matthew 10:16, Jesus gathers together his disciples to give them an encouraging word about his calling on their lives.  So, what does he tell them?  How he will always be with them?  How he has given them every place they set their feet?  How a thousand may fall at their side, ten thousand at their right hand, but it won’t come near them?  How power will come on them and they’ll be witnesses to the outermost parts of the earth?  How he loves them so jealously?

No, he tells them simply, “Look, I’m sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.”

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