Sunday, January 06, 2019

Ten Years in Iquique

Ten years ago today, our family flew into the Iquique airport together for the first time. These pictures remind us of the anticipation and excitement of that moment. They reflect the kindness and welcome of our colleagues at that time, the Hugo Armijo and Alejandro Armijo families. They capture the littleness of our children, just three of them back then. They bless us as a reminder of God's faithfulness which has sustained us through this past decade of both sorrows and joys, successes and failures, hellos and farewells in the city where our hearts have found a home.

As I think back on ten years, I see faces in my mind because ministry is all about people. We have been blessed to know and love and serve countless ones. Iquique is a transient city and jobs bring people in and move them on. We rejoice in those who continue to follow Christ no matter where life takes them, and grieve for those who have "moved on" not physically, but spiritually away from Him. I feel both gratitude and regret for opportunities gained and opportunities lost, recognizing my human failures while enormously thankful for God's sovereign grace. And I pray for ten more years - and beyond! - to serve the One Who is the only true reason for this life we are given. To God be the glory for the great things He alone has done!

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