We must imitate Christ's life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do, then, to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ.

- Thomas a Kempis

March 2009

Life is full of transition. And with every transition comes a choice. Obvious choices like, whether it’s time to buy a new car, require little reflective thought. But what of the not so obvious choices?

I’m discovering that every moment in life, is a transition. When I move from conversation to conversation, in and out of private and public time, I am ‘transitioning’. When I leave one task to start another, even in the same room, a transition has occurred. The thing is, I move between moments well or poorly not based on my decisions of what to do but on what kind of person I am in the midst of them.

So I wonder, am I more concerned with this project than the progress of my soul? Am I only aware of obvious choices with little thought given to my internal choices? Am I even attentive enough to the movement of God in me to know when my inner choices are poor?

As I continue to seek the face of God I pray he opens my eyes to ‘the moment’, to the little transitions that offer new opportunities to respond to Him. And I pray the same for you.

Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey closer to the heart of God.

Because He Is Near,



**  This month the Stirling’s will be spending some time with a family from Austria and another in from Serbia.  Their travels will take them into Poland where they are mentoring a few folks there.

Jeanni Shepherd will be returning from Turkey where she has been consulting with and mentoring a team there as well as helping a family with some transitions.

Nueng, our administrative assistant, is leading a team into Cambodia where they will run a camp for under privileged children.

And finally, David will be leading a team debrief in Chiang Mai as well as spending a few days in Cambodia checking up on a team he met with in January.

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