Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Finding Imitators of Christ

"Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us." —Philippians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Since my days in college, I've always looked up to Creighton. Paul in Philippians 3:17 reminds me that I've been blessed to walk behind and view Creighton as a role model.  I see a leader who presses onward to the call of Jesus Christ, who holds his identity in HE who is greater than ME, and who has a righteousness that is anchored in his faith in Christ.
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(Bobby, Creighton & Rinku, from the 2009 Woodstock Retreat in Mussoorie)
On this mission trip, I got to meet Bobby, whom Creighton met at the orphanage 10 years ago. I watched Bobby interact with Creighton and could see and feel an honoring of Creighton because of the fatherly love that Creighton has been investing in Bobby for the last 10 years.
 
(Most of the boys in the House of Life Boys' Home in Dehradun, run by Bobby & Anu... oh, and Max!)

Bobby now takes care of 17 boys at the House of Life. He and and his wife Anu get to pour their lives into these boys. The boys at the House of Life have impacted me and our India team in a special way. 
 
(4 of the young men who have been part of the Firs since before our first team arrived in July 2007.
Pradeep and Ganesh are currently in college, Bobby is running the House of Life boys' home, and Gopal has graduated.
The are pictured here with most of the men on the March 2017 travel team from Hawaii)

Bobby shared the word agape with me. It's his favorite word to use for team names. His humility and surrendered heart allow him to freely receive agape love from the Lord and, as a result, his life is a major outpouring of agape love. 
Thank you, Creighton, for setting an example of what it means to follow Jesus. The fruit that we'll bear from your example will impact the generations of many families. 
 
(Those boys (!) striking a pose in the Delhi Metro station.  What an awesome team!)

-Marc

Back in Japan; Waiting for the flight Home

This photo is from the beginning of our trip, before most of us knew the powerful impact this journey would have on each of our lives.

And here we are once again in Japan, but this time we are changed.  Our Father has revealed in each of us so many new layers that He has just been waiting for us to process!  I can't wait for the coming days as each of us processes these last 12 days and prayerfully considers how we get to move forward with all this new direction!

Best.Trip.Ever!
–Aunty Barb

Authenticity of Relationships/Brotherhood

I'm often caught up in the "what" or "objective" of meetings w/ people. This trip was a good reminder of what it means to rest or to be in the love of our father through relationships. Simply watching these guys take care of each other and the younger boys has been a blessing for me. —Marc

- "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well."
James 2:8 ESV



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