We joined 6,000 Christians gathered together from every corner of the globe, singing worship and glorifying God in a wide variety of languages. Here we stood among a vast multitude, offering our voices, musical gifts, our hearts and extending our hands in resounding praise to Jesus.
The crosses were placed around their necks by members of the formation team who had been accompanying the new missionaries during the previous months of training. These sacramentals serve as a simple, yet powerful, reminder of the One BY WHOM we are sent to others, and the one TO WHOM we lead others.
Our kids prepared 100 gift bags with candies, chocolates, lollipops, and of course to protect their teeth, we also included toothpaste, toothbrushes, and antibacterial soap.
During this time, we were supposed to discern where our family would go next. There was a little anxiety about this. I didn’t feel adequately prepared to “make a major discernment” during this rocky time of prayer.