Saturday, September 3, 2011
This week we welcomed two new couples to Atlanta for a year of Mission Year married. We also celebrated 6 years of being in Atlanta with Steve, Becca, Drew and Diane this week. Last night at the opening dinner I shared what I was excited about for this year. I said something off the top of my head but I started thinking about it more once I left the opening dinner. What AM I excited about for this team? I am excited for a year to watch them become a community. As I set with my Mission Year team this week sharing stories and laughing about our year, I can't help but think about how much work it took for us to become a community! But now...6 years later, we sit with our 5 (almost 6) kids sleeping soundly and we are as comfortable with each other as we could be. I am excited for them to get to know their neighborhood and neighbors. I drove through my Mission Year neighborhood this week and had to stop three times to get out of my car and hug people that I have known since I lived in Atlanta (I LOVE Atlanta). I am excited for them to use public transit! I learned a lot while sitting on a bus. I am excited for them to stay up late playing games and laughing together. I am excited for them to read books that will challenge them and cause them to ask questions about the world around them. I am excited for them learn how to live with less (which includes grocery shopping on a very small budget). I know that I am an easily excited person, but seriously, this is good stuff! More than anything though, I am excited to see Jesus come alive in them as they live out this call to love and be loved...to serve and be served...to listen and learn. I am excited to see them cling to a Saviour who cares more about their neighborhood and injustice than they ever could. We leave tomorrow morning for Orientation in Chicago. This is the beginning of what will be a really exciting year! I feel blessed to be part of it all!