Just wanted to say this:
I am so thankful to be able to share this Taiwan experience with Beth (and the other volunteers!). From previous experiences, I know how important it is to have unity among the volunteers. Beth and I have already been able to “discuss” (e-mail) our weaknesses and prayer needs. Feels great to know we already have a certain degree of unity, though we haven’t officially met. And I’m so excited to see her interact with her niece, Mira Joy, too. (Which is really one of the cutest little girl names I’ve heard lately, besides Katie‘s Eisley Christine, of course.)
A few days ago, I e-mailed Beth to find out her seat number on our Chicago – Tokyo flight. We booked out tickets at different times, so I was planning to change mine to be closer to her, if at all possible. Turns out we were already placed next to each other. God’s working it out so well for us already.
Three of the other volunteers we will be with this summer, Kalyn, Adrian, and Kelsey, are already there. I checked Facebook faithfully to see the first batch of pictures they would post. Those pictures, combined with the hundreds others I’ve seen from past volunteers and adoptive families, leave me with a pretty good idea of what it will be like there.
But the thing is… they’re pictures. Silent. And though I know I’ll be overwhelmed at times, it will be great to be able to put sounds — kids laughing, volunteers talking, babies crying — to those pictures. And to know those sounds — that noise — represents unwanted babies given life and cared for so lovingly? …how sweet it will be.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [Philippians 2:1-7]