We were talking to our small group leader about our upcoming move to Paris, France. He said to us, “Life’s not going to be just eating baguettes by the Eiffel Tower.” We do eat baguettes by the Eiffel pretty often, actually, but overseas ministry has involved and demanded so much more than I imagined.
My husband accepted an associate pastor job at an English-speaking international church in a village on the outskirts of Paris. 40 different countries are represented from embassy and UNESCO staff to refugees. While the past year has brought many challenges I didn’t expect, I’m so grateful for the lessons God taught me at home.
Here’s Three Lessons I’m Thankful I Learned at Home:
1. Lay A Firm Foundation
Moving to a different culture, you’ll discover that people (even other Christians) will have very different beliefs and values than you. You might think you know for sure what you believe, and then someone asks you about demons taking the form of evil mermaids. Or a Muslim refugee wants to be baptized as a “Christian” so the government won’t send them back to their war-torn country.
Often what you thought you knew in your heart and mind to be absolutely true will be challenged. So, take this time to dig deep in the Word. Soak up good teaching. Study and wrestle and ask hard questions now so that you’ll be prepared to deal with those situations. You’ll need to be willing to accept the opinions of others …