My Little Dreams
Exhortation, building one another up. Gathering as a community to care for one another. This is the key to the church, for they will know us by our love for one another.
We experienced firsthand this ministry of the church in our time at the ECFC conference in Bangkok as we were personally encouraged by conversations with leaders from Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka who went out of their way to minister to Lori and I. It was a refreshing time, and a time of vision.
Repeatedly throughout the conference a message was spoken to us. An encouragement of "Don't let go of the vision. Hold on to your dreams. God is going to do everything that He has planted in you."
There are some visions in our heart for ministry and for our future that are much larger than Lori or I. These hopes for the Akha and for the world are more than we could ever do and require gifts we do not have. We have smaller dreams as well, things we want to experience and to see, and the encouragement we received this past week was to hold tightly to all of these hopes, big and small, and watch to see what the Lord does.
One of my little dreams has been to write a series of books. Nothing preachy or even teachy. Just stories. Adventures. Inspired by relationships and friendships I have had over the years.
Of course, writing stories isn't going to be my job, just a hobby. I'm quite occupied with working with the Akha hill tribe and expect to be doing this work long into the future. I don't know when, or where, for that matter, I will be able to start. It might take 10 years, it might take fifty years. I don't know. What I know is that the hope of writing is something that is deep in my heart, something that excites me, something that I dream about. And do you know what amazes me? I personally know a God who cares about my little dreams.