In the past few weeks, there have been many new and exciting things going on. A few of these have to do with shoes!
These are my new running shoes. The first week we were here, Megan and I discovered a trail that goes all the way around Sioux Falls. It’s about a 20 mile trail, and is absolutely beautiful. We’ve been running several days a week together, and are hoping to do a half marathon on Sept. 7th. Here are some photos from the trail:
Last week, Megan went on a 5-day mission trip to Rosebud Indian Reservation. She spent her days tutoring students in reading, and math, as well as playing with the kids. Each day included lessons from the Bible with the hope that the kids will know that the Lord loves them deeply.
Here are Megan’s thoughts: It was difficult seeing the living situations of these students. Sadly, many of the kids said their favorite part of the camp was getting meals for the day. I felt helpless seeing the condition that these kids lived in–what can I do here? I’m reminded that it is the “small things” that count in life. I found comfort in seeing the kids be kids for an afternoon and enjoy a good meal. I am reminded of the similarities between Rosebud and the Firehouse–small conversations, and small acts of love go a long way.
“We can do not great things, only small things with great love. It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into doing it.” Mother Teresa
Here are some of the students she worked with:
NEW SHOES STORY:
I’ve been hanging out lately with a 47 year old man that struggles with schizophrenia. His name is Denny, and is truly a precious man. He told me he doesn’t hear “the voices” when he comes down to the Firehouse. Last week, after playing a game of cards with him, Megan and I asked if we could pray for him, and asked if he had any requests. In addition to the mental illness, he asked if we could pray for his feet. Denny can’t drive and walks daily all over town. We went back to the prayer room and prayed for these needs. Two days later, Denny busted into the Firehouse with a huge smile on his face, and walked more uprightly. He said, “the other night, after you prayed for me, I walked home and found a brand new pair of shoes on my porch!” He threw away his old boots, and is walking around town, his feet feeling much better in a brand new pair of shoes! I’m not sure who put those shoes there, but we rejoice that God heard our prayers, and is looking after Denny.
4th of July:
We spent the 4th of July weekend as a staff at Lewis and Clark Reservoir near Yankton, SD. It was beautiful!
New Shoes of Trust:
One of the main themes that we’ve talked about, wrestled with, and prayed for, is trust. All of the things that we found comfort in previous to coming here(our home, our friends, our families, our jobs/incomes, our space, our time/schedule, etc.) has been stripped away. We are walking in a new level of trust with the Lord by his grace. It is so painful, but we’ve seen amazing blessings come in trusting God with everything(including the things we always took for granted). There is true peace in trusting God. He is worthy of our trust. He sustains all life, and gave his own to demonstrate his love for us. Lord, help us trust your goodness!
Thanks for sharing in this journey with us, and for your prayers. We feel them! Please comment, and let us know how we can pray for you. Email us directly, if there is something personal/confidential you’d like prayer for. We love you and miss you!!
Nathan and Megan
PS–We’ll always include something fun in our blogs. We had our first visitor! Diane Johnson(Megan’s co-worker from William Smith High School)passed through last week on her way to WI for a wedding. Not only did she stop in, but she brought a gift! William Smith gave Megan a “going away gift” that is wonderful. Megan and her students made some beautiful pieces of art that the school is auctioning off. The staff gifted Megan with this: