Matthew 18:2-5 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.’
This passage has been a beacon of light for me since our arrival in Schönebeck, but before I don’t think I fully understood what this really meant or how to even begin to achieve it. Well here I am, sitting in a classroom full of 6-8 year olds, learning their colors, the alphabet and their sounds, their numbers, etc. right alongside them (only it’s all in German and I understanding only a small portion of the class). Every day that I volunteer at the school and everyday that I walk through Schönebeck, I realize how much like a child I am, especially here. I am so dependent on other people to help me accomplish even the smallest tasks, hoping and praying for their patience and assistance. Small things like buying meat at the butcher, ordering gelato, and finding out how much I owe when I go to the post office, are all difficult. Thankfully, the people of Schönebeck have all been accepting and kind to us, they are patient and willing to help us navigate through all of the challenges of surviving daily life in a place where you don’t speak the language.
When we left Madison, WI back in July, Anjali had a very hard time saying goodbye to her pet hamster, Gumdrop. Thankfully, we had some amazing friends who said they were willing to foster a fat and cute little hamster during the year we were gone. Today, we noticed that Anjali’s emotions were all over the place, so I sent Katie a message to see if she could send some pictures of the little guy so Anjali could see him. Katie, being the wonderful person she is, immediately send a picture of Gumdrop, but unfortunately Anjali was already asleep, but I know this will make her very happy in the morning. This also gave us the opportunity to have fund chat with Katie at our home church back in Madison and shared some pictures with she and our pastor, Scott. It was so refreshing to see some familiar faces from back home