Today we met the Friesen Family. Missionaries headed to the Mennonite people in Mexico. They both grew up in Mennonite homes, but left that life in search of the truth. There was no assurance of salvation in that community. So sad that they separate from the world and yet they're lost. They give up so much, but fall short of Heaven because they don't accept God's gift of salvation. They're not encouraged to read the Bible and home Bible studies are forbidden. How sad that those that seek to be separate from the world are the very same ones that keep their people from having a real personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Friesens are headed back to tell their family and others how to be saved. It's such a neat thing to spend time with our brothers and sisters in Christ. The first time we meet and it's like we've known each other forever! It's hard to say goodbye, but we know it won't be forever. We have eternity to spend together once the Lord says that we're finished down here. We also found out that we will get to see them again next month in Edmonton. Looking forward to getting to know them better, praying for them and hopefully supporting them financially. It's times like these that I wish we had a million dollars. To be able to give all of our missionary friends the money they need to get to the different countries the Lord has called them to and to help them to stay there and have the freedom to witness all week long. Sometimes prayer is all we have to give at this time, but the Lord is showing me that that is really one of the GREATEST tools that He has given us for helping people. The kids had a hard time saying goodbye to the Friesens too. It's hard for them to understand why people can't stay here forever. I have to admit that I feel that way sometimes. It's a blessing to know that we'll be in Heaven together.
The week ahead is looking a little more low key. I'm kind of thankful for that. We invited a family for supper Friday, but haven't heard back from them yet. If that doesn't work out we'll have a quieter weekend and then prepare for our friends to come on the 19th. They're heading to Holland as missionaries and we haven't seen them since they first got married. They have two little kids now and our kids are really looking forward to spending time with them.
It's gotten pretty late since I started writing this. I got into a conversation about Bible versions and topics and it lasted much longer than expected. Another school day tomorrow, so I'd better head to bed:).