Monday, January 09, 2006

No Europe

KMcN and I have had recurring conversations over the past 18 months or so about a SPACE team visiting and serving with them. He and his family are in Western Europe and have been there for a little over a year. The very cool thing is that they are originally from GCC, having spent a little time in Charlotte getting some training before going over to Europe. This was a distinct possibility for one of our teams this coming summer.

I got an email from him this morning saying that this summer wouldn't quite work out. That's too bad but I'm not incredibly disappointed. Here is why:

- Long term.
We are looking at something long term - just like they are. They are not in Europe for a few months, they are there for the long haul. Similarly, when we look at our SPACE teams, we need to focus on long term when we can. Not our teams being there necessarily, but a serving opportunity in the context of a long term relationship. Why do I know its going to be long term? Because they are a GCC supported family. Serving a family sent out from our church makes a big difference because we know them, have known them, and will certainly know them in the future. So a team won't go this year, but maybe in the future. I know the opportunity is not a flash in the pan.

- Partnership.
I've said this to KMcN, and many, many others - "Only if us coming will really help you." Setting up a team to serve based on a partnership, versus a one-sided perspective, is a really important aspect. Therefore, when the time is right for both of us, then we can move forward.

- Connection.
Since they are from GCC, we know them. And they know us. They know our context, where we live, the kinds of culture and worldview we live with everyday.

So maybe not this summer. But maybe in the future - a future where we both will be involved in each other's ministries.

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