I love quotes.  In middle school I started a quote book of things that inspired, encouraged, or made me laugh.  Now that Pinterest exists, I have an online one as well.  Because I love quotes so much, and because I think every once in a while we all need a little encouragement, I’m going to be sharing one with you every now and again.

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I mean, right?  Does this ever hit you right in the face?

Our big focus right now is showing the kids that God doesn’t care about us following rules for the sake of following rules, he cares about relationship.  We were created for relationship!

Because God is all about relationships, the study we are doing is all about relationships as well.  We are meeting together as a large group on Tuesday nights and going over the material, and on Thursday nights we are meeting in small groups.  On top of this, Mark and I are meeting with the three boys pictured here weekly to go over the study, and we’re spending a lot of time with them just hanging out as well.  Two of them live at the entrance to Veracruz, so just about every time we run errands we try to take at least one of them with us.  Relationship only happens when we spend time together, so that’s our goal.  Somedays it means that we’re out a lot longer than we would like, other days it means we get a much later start than we’d prefer, but the relationships are growing.  It’s been neat to see how as Mark and I show them they are valuable to us by spending time with them, they are starting to see value in themselves.

The study we’re doing is life changing, and when I reread this quote today I was encouraged to keep on putting people before projects, and most of all, to keep seeking the God who sees me.  I hope you are encouraged, too.

Have a wonderful Sunday night, and a great start to your week!

Peace & love,


About mjstearns

We are Mark, Jenni, Tate and Theo Stearns. We currently live in Beaverton, Oregon, but are planning to move to Nicaragua within the next six months. We'll be serving as missionaries to Verbo Church, a non denominational church with several Nicaraguan locations. Specifically we'll be working at Casa Bernabe, an orphanage run by the church, assisting in vocational training and transition programs for the older boys.
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1 Response to Encouragment

  1. Finally got some time, catching up on blogs including yours… great encouragement! Thanks for sharing. =)

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