Saturday, September 04, 2010

Coming Full Circle

So long ago that I can't recall the year, I sat in a German hotel lobby talking with a co-worker/friend about how to strike up a conversation with anyone and how to eventually introduce spiritual topics into the conversation. To date, I had struggled to figure out how to "live my faith" without going door-to-door. I would usually freeze up when opportunities arose to meet a stranger or to say anything of substance.

Flash forward to present day.

One of those mentors, Derek, is now located in Richmond and is looking to plant a church. He and I have continued to email through the years, and he emailed me about the vision God has given him. Mike and I met with Derek and his family plus a few other families to talk about the beginnings of Radiate. I can't wait for this adventure to begin.

Mike and I have talked sporadically for years about being more involved in spreading the Gospel. Now we'll get hands on mentoring in how to start a gathering from scratch, to get a feel for the needs of a city, and to (gulp) meet and converse with strangers.

So in that vein, I am meeting with a group of moms this Tuesday. At one of their homes. To make sushi. And I've never met a single one of them. I'm terrified. But I'm also excited to actually practice what I have learned through the years about making friends and influencing people.


Anonymous said...

I was scrolling through my list of favorite blogs and websites. I saw your name and took a peek. You had mentioned the possibility of being involved in a new church start, and now you have it. I can't think of anyone who would be a better mentor and with whom you'll not only learn much but you'll also have much fun. I pray it goes well and that the L will continue to show you more of himself as you join him in his work. I share your excitement from a distance and wish the best for you and Mike and Derek and Melissa. Un abrazo, Flamenco Dancer:)

Mar said...

Awesome! I'm glad to read that this desire is finally coming to flesh.

I think the year may have been 2006, but I'm not sure. :)