I say "surprisingly" because we really aren't confident social butterflies, and taking strangers out for ice cream is not our strong point. Yesterday after church, we both felt like slipping out the back. Instead, we ended up going out for Chinese food with the pastor, his daughter, and another prominent church member. Besides being super excited about our ideas for university ministry, they had tons of great contacts for us! It was a delight.
When Tim called just now, I was in the middle of praying for his meeting and asking God that He send some encouragement Tim's way. Instant answer! Tim says the guy he met with this afternoon was really interested in the Alpha Course and maybe wants to use it in lieu of his Wednesday night service. That's exciting to us because we love Alpha and are convinced that more Alpha means more people coming to understand the news of God's amazing love for them.
I'm sure this week will hold more meetings, and I hope they will be filled with other bits of light and encouragement. We're plodding along, learning a lot, and trying to remember in all of this that God's will is good, pleasing and perfect.