So, Tim and I discussed it this morning. We officially LIKE our new job. It is, by our definition, the best job in the world. We get to go globe trotting with young adults. We get to give and receive love. And we get a front row seat to seeing lives (that want to be changed) being changed by God.
Last July, when we were asked by Deon and Rynette to coach the first World Race Fusion squad, our response was, “what is Fusion?” (They quickly explained that FUSION was the new name for the squads that are a PURPOSED MIX of young adult Racers from different countries.) OURS is the first. We have three Koreans, one English, and 19 americans…along with a four rather eclectic squad leaders.
Our first, of at least four jaunts across the globe this calendar year, has taken us to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We have laughed harder than we have in years, accrued too many stories to tell, and have obtained some very strange injuries, that we can only add to our squad’s growing list. We have taught our squad as needed and have had many beautiful conversations with individual racers. And, we have shared some stunning times of worship that have only reminded me how eclectic God really is.
We are also seeing God work in some really unique ways in the Racers’ lives. Many stories stand out, but I have only asked permission, thus far, to share one. She said YES.
Jen was born with a hearing loss. During our training camp, God challenged Jen in a way that made me shudder when she told me about her encounter with Him through her tears. Here is part of her story:
I was trying to earn my way to heaven with my “good deeds.” I got saved when I was 8 and have been striving to know God more and more and somewhere along the way I allowed this “climb the ladder” idea into my life. It was something that I had personally made a part of my identity without me ever knowing it.
To read the rest of it plase visit her recent blog post at http://jenniferboeve.theworldrace.org/?filename=when-god-says-to-wait
The end of her story has yet to be written. She waits and we pray.
Tim and I leave tomorrow (Saturday) to go back to Atlanta and the cold weather. I will miss blogging from this beautiful and warm spot in Chiang Mai. I will miss our 23 Racers and our squad leaders. But I have great anticipation for our unique journey’s with God over the coming year.
Thanks for reading!