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The following story was shared by Joan Stewart, MVMAW.
Some mission teams experience more of a cultural adventure than others. Such was the case for the group of 8 young women from Lutheran Campus Ministry of St Louis that got to stay at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer near Gilbert. Pastor Rebecca Boardman had me in tears as she described their first night. "Yes, we slept with Lester," she told me. WHO? It appears that Lester was the dead body that spent the night there on his way to another location the next day. Because there was no mortuary to "store" him after the wake in Gilbert at another church, he spent the night at FFG before moving on to his final destination. I said, "So was anyone creeped out by that?" OH YEAH she said quickly. But evidently it made for some great conversation. She said it turned out that he was no trouble really. He didn't bother them, didn't eat their food, or make unnecessary comments. He was just there. I had to ask if this was not standard practice in St. Louis? Frankly it was not she said.
Now Cab (the site supervisor) was out of town this week, but left his right hand man Chassie in place. Rebecca said they LOVED Chassie and his wife Pam. And every day Cab called from the beach and talked to them all. She said they felt like Charlie's Angels--the voice on the phone calling every day with encouragement and new assignments.
Worship at the church was not, well, Lutheran. Yet they were amazed by the authenticity and passion of the church folks, and their sense of hospitality had all of them feeling at home. It was powerful to grasp what united all of them, not what divided them.
God calls us out of our comfort zones to Go out into all the world. I am certain no one wanted to miss the bus that took them back to civilization, yet at the end of the week Pastor Rebecca said they were taking home far more than they brought.
We GET to do this y'all!