For the last five years we have been making trips to Arizona because it's one of the states we cover as Member Care Reps for Ethnos 360 Mission, formerly New Tribes Missions. Several times I contacted this blog brother, Floyd to see if we could connect. Either he was gone or we had too many meetings or for what ever reason it did not work. The Lord would always whisper, just wait.
When you want something really bad it's so hard to wait for it. And ever since we moved back to the states from Papua New Guinea I have wanted to meet up with some of those folks whose blogs I follow. Just to say to them face to face, thank you. Thank you for the wise words you wrote that pulled me out of a struggle, or gave me courage to continue to write, or deepened my walk with the Lord. Honestly, after reading their blogs, those who are real about life and me sharing my life you feel like you have known them for years.
The waiting finally came to an end this past January as we made our way to Phoenix, Arizona where my brother Gary lives, he kindly puts us up and we just use his place as a base to travel out of.
This time we had about four planned visits but actually was able to connect with several more after we got there. Our main goal is to meet up with missionaries on home assignment from many countries. Just to see how they are doing, listen to their stories, see if we can help them in any way. No agenda really, just to be an encouragement, to Member Care them as our mission calls it, to say thank you for being a part of reaching the unreached.
This blog friend, Floyd, who I had never met was able to come apart from his busy life for lunch. He is a contractor of several companies and we had a lunch time free and there we were finally, meeting face to face. Ace was with me which was a huge blessing to me for I wanted them to meet. I sense so many times in Floyd writings he was a man after my husband heart. Ace does not write a blog but I read many of Floyd's to him. It was like meeting someone we known all our lives. So much in common, especially our love for our family. Our conversation was easy, it flowed into one thing after another, and the common ground was Jesus and His love for us despite all our failures. I felt no separation as one was better than the other , we stood on the same ground at the cross and on the other side of the cross.
All too soon we had to part, Floyd to work, us to our next meeting. I think we were all three glowing from being together because of the fourth one who had joined us, Jesus. Meeting Floyd, has deepen my goal to reach out to others I blog with when I am close. Oh I know we will meet in heaven but why not enjoy life here. As much as I love reading Floyd's post the best was sitting across from him face to face, seeing him smile, hearing his voice as he talk about his family. He is not just words on paper now, he is real in my mind and heart and Ace and I are grateful to the Lord to have someone like him praying for us. Thank you Floyd. http://theregoi.com/