I think it would be easy in moving across the ocean to begin to feel invisible to the community you left behind. Out of sight, out of mind, right? People carry on with their lives and you carry on with yours.
Actually, that has been far from my experience during my time in Hungary.
Almost every time I send out a newsletter, a few people message me back, offering encouragement, telling me about their lives, or just commenting on what I have shared.
Throughout the year, I also get emails or messages from past English Camp volunteers, asking about the next year’s camp—When will it be? How is the planning going? Can they come back?
Each week when we post the OMS Hungary blog to our Facebook page, I see some of the same people liking and sharing the post. Others have told me that they read the blog EVERY WEEK (this one is for you!).
People pay attention to what we are doing here, both personally, and as a team.
In Philippians 2:1-4, it says:
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of the others.”
I see many living out this verse with regards to our ministry here in Hungary. People have been quick to pray, quick to support, quick to volunteer, quick to encourage, quick to give. The Lord has showered us with blessings because you have paid attention to him and what he is doing here.
Even though oceans or other countries separates us, Christians around the world have given their attention to the OMS Hungary field. Each time I see someone comment on something we share or receive a message asking about our ministries or other ways people connect with us, I am reminded that we are all a part of God’s church. We are all in this together, having one spirit and one mind.
You have shown us again and again that as we follow God and look to others’ interests through our ministries, you are also looking to ours.
Times have certainly changed from the mission field of old. Before modern times of quick communication, there may have been an army of praying people behind a missionary, but they may have had no way of knowing that. In this day and age of technology, we can easily and tangibly feel the attention of those who are supporting us. That means a lot.
So, thank you for your attention. Thank you for being our community around the world. Thank you for looking to our interests and upholding us in the Lord’s love through the good times and the bad. We are deeply grateful for all that you give.