Well, it’s week three now. No. Four. Going into week five? Wow. Time flies when you are having fun, or as Taylor says, “Time flies when you love Jesus.”
Tartu is by far my favorite place in Estonia. Maybe because what I’ve seen of it has been incredibly artistic, or maybe because most people we’ve talked to speak English, or maybe because almost everything we’ve done could easily be put in the highlight category. Probably all of the above.
This week has been overflowing with blessings that we have witnessed, been a part of, and received. I won’t be able to include even close to all of them, but without further ado…
We started our time in Tartu with a prayer walk (that turned into a prayer drive because it was so cold and raining) in an apartment complex. The apartments hold the largest concentration of people in Tartu, and only a handful of them are Christian. By God’s grace Risttee, the church we are partnering with, has found its permanent home in the middle of this “Jerusalem” as the church calls it.
The next two days we spent out in the beautiful, but quite chilly forest of Tartu working with Lindon Viinalass. He has a ministry called Light in the Forest and spends most of his time working to complete a number of buildings that will form a retreat center for all sorts of Christian camps and events. Hearing Lindon talk about his dream for his farm is inspiring. His whole face lights up with life and joy to be doing the work that God has called him to. It was hard work hauling, chopping, and dragging wood for two days, but we had so much fun along the way.
Something that Lindon said struck me, and I hope I carry it in all the work that I do for Jesus. He said, “I may get tired in the work, but I never get tired of the work.” I want my dreams to hold such a passion in my soul that even when my body gets tired, my soul stays ever as excited for the calling God has for me.
This trip has been a bit strange for me, because it doesn’t feel incredibly like a mission trip. Most of the time, we aren’t conquering forests. Instead, we are babysitting so parents in the church can have a date night or attending church services and youth groups or giving testimonies or having discussions on a car ride or simply praying. It just feels like we are doing life and loving people along the way. That’s the beauty of it. God has been showing me what life can look like, that life can be a mission in itself, and that it doesn’t take extraordinary measures to touch someone’s heart. Things don’t have to feel particularly spiritual for God to be working, and not that we should abandon pursuit of the Holy Spirit’s manifestations, but we should pay more attention to how powerfully God moves through things that seem just plain ordinary.
Signing off and gearing up for another incredible week!