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Why Are We Here?

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By Judah* RMM worker in the Middle East

Since being here we have been asked this question more times than we can count – by locals and foreigners alike. Honestly, it can be a bit wearisome, especially after you have answered the question many times, and every time it feels like you have given an unsatisfactory response. This is mainly due to the fact that the answer we give would not have brought us here on its own. Because of this, I sat down one afternoon and reminded myself of why we are here. So to you on the other side of the big pond, here is a bit of why we pulled up roots and moved to the other side of the world.

Our Father has told us to “Declare His glory among the nations...He is to be feared above all the gods.” As I write, I hear the call to prayer sounding in my neighborhood. I am sure men are going to the mosque to pray, trying to please a god whom they fear, but we know the power he truly has. I am here because my God is to be feared, yet he loves each person deeply and paid the ultimate price for them.

“I am here because my God is to be feared, yet he loves each person deeply and paid the ultimate price for them.”I am here because there are millions of people who do not know the things many of us were taught as children. “How are they to (trust) in him in whom they have not heard?” Thinking of millions of people can be very impersonal, but if I think of Muhammet* from the local bakery or the covered woman sitting across from us on the bus, it becomes more personal. It is because of individuals like these who have not trusted our Father that we are here. We long to say with the Old Testament prophet, “waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool and the thirsty ground, springs of water.”

These are some of our real reasons for being here and we try to remind ourselves of this when we are asked questions of why we are here. While we try to keep this focus on our side of the world, may you be doing so in your areas as well. He should be the reason we do what we do.

We have now been here three and a half months, and life has begun to settle into a bit of a routine. A typical day entails personal language study in the morning, working on tasks that need done at home or seeking out shopkeepers to talk with in the afternoon, and going to language school three evenings a week. Both of us have some local shops we frequent in an effort to practice language and build relationships. We enjoy these opportunities and are looking for more ways to interact with people. Language is slow in coming, but we are making progress and we try to focus on how much we know rather than how little we know.

Since coming here our lives have revolved around discerning, figuring out, and deciding things. Last week, we passed a major hurdle that had been looming in front of us. We had an appointment for our residence permits and were given permits until December. We are very glad to have this behind us for the time being. As things are checked off of the “to do list” it seems the list quickly fills in behind them. In the near future, we will be welcoming a new little one into our family so we will be learning many things with that. Besides that, we are continuing to seek the Father as to the best ways to learn the language, build relationships, and in general get plugged into life here in our country. We would appreciate it if you would remember these things when you think of us.

On February 11, 2017 Judah and his wife Rayna’s baby boy, Tevye,* was born. Praise God for his guidance and provision during this time, and continue to pray for health and a peaceful adjustment for this family.

*Names changed for security