I’ve just had friends, Doug and Jane, come to visit me from Poland on their way to Spain. I was hoping that during their visit they could help me with information for the next Feast of Tabernacles. Worship groups from all over Europe come and bring praise in their own languages—and this continues 24 hours a day for the 7 days of the Feast. Ever since attending Tabernacles two years ago, it has been my desire to bring an Italian worship team. In my small way, I did bring Italian worship, singing in Italian when I heard a song I know in Italian. But it’s not the same.
Doug and Jane did more for me than just provide the necessary information. They are people who understand my calling and desire to encourage missionaries. They brought gifts, designed to encourage: books, magazine, and newspaper in English, a pretty coaster with the words, “The Lord is faithful,” a pretty shopping bag in a traditional brightly colored Polish design, and tasty wafers for which Kalisz is famous. Their visit was so encouraging. I felt very pampered and loved.
They wanted to see the city, but not the traditional tourist spots. It was such fun to take them to the places that I consider special, and let them see my Milan. They also wanted to meet my friends. They met Paula, who worked for me by buying the furnishings to make the apartment livable—not just livable, but very comfortable. And they met Sally, the mastermind behind GoMissions (http://gomissions.eu/). Doug and Jane also encouraged Paula and Sally. It was a wonderful few days of friendship, prayer, networking, and strategizing. But it was also a fun time, eating delicious food, talking, laughing, and relaxing.
Through Doug and Jane’s visit, I was able to see how my visits to missionaries encourage them. Even encouragers need encouragement from time to time! God is good!