Where in the world?



I can hardly believe we’ve been in Cape Town for six weeks already. In some ways we’ve experienced a lifetime worth, and on the other hand, it feels like yesterday we were waving our (temporary) goodbyes to our Zambian family for this next season. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, if you ask me. The mountains tower high over the land as the ocean shores crash in all its wildness. We’ve been enjoying it’s countryside immensely all while journeying a heart’s path that will make these moments truly last forever.

Table Mountain Photographer South Africa

We’ve enjoying the life of a Jesus community that we happened upon in South Africa. This community has been grappling with things like: how to do life in an African setting while serving and empowering the Africans, how to celebrate the love of Jesus with people without changing their cultural context, and how to effectively serve the oppressed and walk a journey with them in contrast with the foal to “convert” people. Loving and serving people simply for the love of people. Imparting a vision of a valued and cared for humanity. God has really been in the midst of all this, shaping our hearts, bringing beautiful relationships to surround us with, and showing us His love and grace in this process.

Walter Wink wrote a book called Jesus and Non-violence, one that Nick and I are currently reading together. Some of you might have already seen this quote on my facebook. “What does God require of me in response to the needs of others?” It’s not, “How can I be virtuous?” But, “How can I participate in the struggle of the oppressed for a more just world?” That’s where we are. At the very core of who Nick and I are, we are seeking God’s heart to participate in this struggle. How to live out Isaiah 58 and “loose the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, and set the oppressed free… share your food with the hungry, to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, clothe them.”
How it looks and where that takes us in the future is an open book.

 

But where is that taking us right now?

Nick and I are headed on yet another wild adventure, and heading to India. We will be there for approximately two months, staying at the base of the Himalayan Mountains, sharing life with the Tibetan people residing there.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to tread on the heights.

8 Comments

  • James Kramer 13.03.2012 - 17:09pm

    Nick and Paula – that is so exciting! I’m very envious of you guys!

  • We will be praying for you as you being your next journey on your great adventure to India! Love you!
    Mom and Dad

  • How awesome! I’m so jealous right now. Keep going!!

  • Exciting news for you two, Looking fwd to stories and pics sure to amaze! We miss y’all

  • Darlene Schmierer 13.03.2012 - 23:59pm

    So happy for you. You are amazing!!! Keep us informed with your awesome photos, Paula!!!

  • I am jealous as well, but so excited for you two! What an adventure, and eye opening experience of a lifetime!

  • Kelly Aronson 14.03.2012 - 16:01pm

    Oh Paula and Nick
    We are just amazed about your life adventures.
    I heard the Dalai Lama in S F a few years ago. What loving energy! You are in our hearts.

  • Teresa Renteria 24.03.2012 - 19:27pm

    Paula and Nick – your work is inspriring and I am moved to tears almost each time I read about your lives and the journey you are on. Your ability to connect to others and then express what you are doing is remarkable. I love you and am so proud to watch the amazing things God is doing in and through you. God speed to India and safe travels home…soon!!!
    Love, Teresa

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