And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses enturst to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
I've spent much of the last two weeks praying about my desire to mentor women in Puerto Supe and asking God for direction about how to flesh that out. It's funny how much the idea has changed during that time. I'm grateful for the way God has reshaped "my plan" and I hope it now reflects "His plan" more closely.
With some nervousness, I finally went to visit a friend today and invite her into the adventure. Remember the one who had the verse in her window? She wasn't my initial idea for a fun mentoree, but through that situation and others, I have felt God leading me to talk to her about the possibility of an apprenticeship-type relationship where she can grow deeper in her relationship with God and be equipped with the tools and know-how she needs to start leading and serving here.
I told her I thought it was time for the cheerleaders in our church to be game players, to get into the action, and that I thought she was a great candidate for that. We talked about the end goal-- that she would be equipped and mobilized to be a leader of leaders and that she would be part of generations of new life. We talked about the process some and the expectations on both ends. I left her to think about it, pray about it, talk to her husband about it, and get back to me later.
It's funny that it took a year here to have this conversation since this has been my plan since I first dreamed of coming to Peru. Today it feels right, and I'm glad I didn't rush it. I'm happy too for the step I took today and hopeful about putting this kind of ministry into action here, whether it be with this friend or another one. My job is the offering; God's job is the outcome. He does His job perfectly every time.