IN TIME

Do not rush, for God's secret is patience. Everything that is meant to be, will come at the designated time.

As this week comes to a close, I am beginning to realise just how fast this internship will go. This week not only marked my second week in the office, but also the start of a new month. February is a busy month for everyone at Engineering Ministries International. Teams of volunteers from every office travel to countries across the globe to start or continue work on various building projects. On Wednesday the first team from our Calgary office departed for Cambodia to design a ministry centre. Another volunteer from the office traveled to Niger to continue work on a hospital in Galmi.

As our Mexico trip draws closer, I find myself feeling increasingly restless. My days are spent in the office revising AutoCad and Revit skills in preparation for the project. I have felt so impatient at times during the week as days seemed to drag on and I struggled to feel like I was doing anything constructive. One of the hardest tests on the spiritual road is the patience to wait for what God has in store for us, but we need to be patient in order to do the will of God. Psalm 37: 7-9 tells us to 'Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.' Joyce Meyer explains that 'Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting'. This will be my challenge in the coming days leading up to our trip.

I will be departing from Calgary on the February 11, one day ahead of the rest of my team, as I was unable to get on the same flight due to last minute arrangements. I will spend the night in San Diego, before meeting and joining a team of eleven other volunteers to drive down to Rosarito, in Mexico, where we will be spending the next ten days designing, developing and presenting the master plan. Please pray for safety, rest, unity and guidance as we travel, overcome cultural barriers and work together to develop a satisfying design. Pray also for all of our families that are left behind; for peace and that God would surround them in love.  

My weekends have been spent with my two fellow interns, and I have continued to be blessed by their friendships, encouragement and love. Our days are spent walking, talking, cooking, eating and laughing. We spend evenings exchanging accents and laughing hysterically at eachother's efforts. With one Malaysian Australian, an American and a confused person in the house, we are never lacking for entertainment and giggles. I am humbled to be given the opportunity to befriend these ladies and discover who they are.

The past two Sundays we attended a small church in Calgary's Southwest called Capstone Church. Services are held in a dinner theatre, next to a pub called 'Aussie Rules' and the toilets are labeled 'sheilas' and 'blokes'. The services have been incredible with messages preached from James 2. They have been so thought provoking and challenging as we consider how we live out our daily lives. If you have some time, I would really encourage you to listen to these sermons here.

As I move into a new week with heightened anticipation and some apprehension, I consider it such an honor to have been called to serve in this unique ministry. Someone at orientation described eMi as having the 'head of a consulting firm, the heart of a ministry, and the hands of an NGO'. You are all a part of this ministry with me and I am thankful for all your support and love.