- GLOBAL MISSION
- WAYS TO SUPPORT
Recently, I was reminded of a gift given by a close friend before my first trip to Japan. She had written little notes filled with encouraging words and scripture verses and put them in a small bag. Whenever I had a difficult moment or didn’t know what to do, I would pull out a note or two of encouragement and read them. Each time it was just what I needed.
In times of difficulty, stress, or busyness, it is so important to turn to God’s word. Because of my friend’s thoughtful gift, each evening I would turn to scripture verses like Joshua 1:9—“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I was reminded of her gift these past months when I received other words of encouragement.
Each of these moments arrived as an answer to prayer in moments of stress. As I prepare to depart for Japan in the next month or so, they were just the reminder I needed. No one can do life alone. It takes a community—to encourage and affirm one another.