We THANK YOU for praying for our trip to Ethiopia. It was a much more rugged trip than we had expected but also a wonderful trip in many ways including spiritually. We hope to write on our trip soon, but for now here is a blog that Jennifer has written for this month on something right here where we live and how it relates to our life.
Blessings – Bryan and Jennifer
We are living in a place that was once a Roman holiday spot. Our state in Germany is
known for its thermal baths and has Roman ruins scattered throughout. They are now all
modernized and give us a welcome treat in the cold winter, but ruins of the older ones can be found all around. Just across the street from us are the remains of a Roman wall beside a stream. It is amazing to think that structures built over 2000 years ago are still standing.
The Bible is also filled with building metaphors – we are “living stones” (1 Peter 2:5), our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor.6:19), and the list could go on. In our roles here at Black Forest, we see this metaphor played out as brick by brick, slowly and with patience, all those who serve here are building up these students. While seeing immediate results is gratifying, it is often what is built over a long time that remains.
That’s what building Christ-like character is all about. Through the years, as students grow and mature, we try to point them to Christ in all that we say and do. One of our dorm daughters recently told me how very encouraging it was for her to see “Uncle Bryan” up at 6:00 each morning with his Bible and a cup of coffee, and how that spurred her on to set aside time with Jesus each day.
Our prayer is that we also, like those ancient Romans, are building a foundation that lasts in the lives of the students we minister to and live with. We pray we are using gold, silver, and costly stones rather than wood, hay or straw (1 Cor. 3:12-13).
Thank you for praying for us, for encouraging us, for supporting us, as we minister to families around the world by offering their children a safe, warm, home away from home. We are encouraged by you.