There is a lot of waiting to do in Burundi. You wait for the water to turn on. You wait 'til you get to a hotel or cafe to use WIFI. You wait for a taxi. You wait for the bus. You wait for a menu. You wait FOREVER for them to bring what you've ordered. You wait FOREVER AND THEN SOME for them to bring your check. You wait for the rain to stop so that your backpack full of electronics won't get soaked. You wait for phone calls, emails, texts, meetings. Impatience lurks. Frustration threatens. Then you realize...life has a gentler pace here in Burundi. A pace that can't be measured by Western standards. So, you memorize scripture while waiting. You have more time to pray for the person you are waiting for. You actually sit down and relax for a minute. You begin a conversation with the people you are with. You offer more water or juice. You share a handful of almonds or pecans. You show photos of your family. Stress becomes gratitude. Waiting can be good for the soul. Yes, the days are evil. Yes wasting time is bad. BUT, making the best use of the time looks and feels different here. That rushing, stressed out, jam-packed calendar way of life isn't always an accurate indicator of making the best use of the time. At least not here in Burundi! So...yesterday...I was getting a little frustrated with waiting. I really wanted to walk to King's Conference Center to use the WIFI. I wanted to send out our updated May calendar. I wanted to see the sweet face of my grandson, David Francis. All day I waited. And waited. I honestly did not want to trust God's sovereignty over my internet usage. And then I surrendered to God's timing and to the rhythm of life in this crazy place we are calling home for 3 months. Then people started showing up at our home. A translator named Dieudonne whom we haven't seen in 3 years. Pastor Domitien. A couple in ministry we have been trying to get in contact with for a long time. Pastor Auvit who brought a pastor from Congo with him whom we haven't seen in 2 years. The waiting resulted in great blessing. Among many other things, we are now making plans to begin doing e3 church-planting expeditions in Bukavu, Congo. Pastor Philippe and the pastors in the coaltion that he leads are impatiently WAITING for us to begin equipping God's people to evangelize Bukavu and establish His church!!
Ephesians 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.