This past Saturday, I was invited to join my coworkers church, Renovation Christian Ministries, on a Ladies shopping day. This event was for singles, widows and older ladies. It was an honour to be invited to go. I had a wonderful time and God opened my eyes to a few things that I’d like to share here.
Being invited to this event was very special to me for several reasons. I don’t usually get invited out like this and also the language barrier is usually a struggle for me. I spent over 6 hours with this fabulous group of women – without a translator!!! (Thank you Spanish Institute for the ongoing Spanish classes!!!) Sure, there were times I didn’t fully understand what was being said, but I’m also very sure my Spanlish wasn’t always understood either.
This is a really big deal!!! For anyone who is learning or has learnt a new language you can relate, it can be intimidating and frustrating at times. People are sometimes scared to talk to you because they don’t know if you understand. So you find yourself sitting alone or just standing around with everyone but no one talks to you. Well friends, I had some of the best conversations with these wonderful women of God. I got to hear some of their stories and got to know them better and they got to know me as well. It was amazing!!!
I also learned something interesting. Many of these women are single because they are either widowed, divorced or their husbands left them. A few are even moms of some of our sponsor children. It was really interesting to hear their stories, even if it was only a short bit of it. It made me realize that the tough times I’ve gone through being single into my 40’s is hard, but not compared to some of these women. And you know what I loved the most, was that they glorified God and thanked him for caring for them and their children. They didn’t blame God or run away from him, most of them came to Christ during this time in their lives. Wow! I absolutely love that.
This verse reminds me that God is watching over me, as a single and foreigner in the land. 🙂 That God cares about the widows and orphans because He alone is the best husband and father anyone could ever have. During the lonely and hard times, God is caring for and providing for those He loves. The ones that seem to be forgotten by the rest of the world or abandoned. Wow. He really does place us in ‘families’ – they may not be our natural families but they are often just as close and strong. Thank you Lord. I am truly blessed to have such a loving and wonderful Honduran family, and it keeps on growing. I love it!
We had a fun day of shopping. Most of these ladies had never been to Ojojona, a small town about an hour away from there they live. The church blessed them by providing this event, paying their way, providing lunch and even buying things for them! 🙂 Wow! I love how great the body of Christ is when it works in unity together.