7.16 / Community in the ‘Cola

We have had such a sweet time together as a team this past week, beginning with a ‘team day’ in Panama to see Wonder Woman (lol) and enjoy a day off. We even got to go to TARGET (which is quite a treat when you’ve been in a city with very few stores)!!

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On Wednesdays, we typically go to FUMC’s youth group to spend time with the middle and high schoolers, but they had to cancel this week. So our team went down to the beach to worship together. That time of team worship was incredibly encouraging and uplifting. The Lord filled us with joy and awe. And it was really special because we rarely get to spend time as a group in the middle of the week due to work schedules.  We gazed up at the stars for a while, reflecting on how small we are and how amazing our Creator is. To think that we are loved by the Creator of the Universe – who made the stars and planets and animals and everything – blew our minds.

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Many of us have gotten really close with our coworkers so it is extremely difficult to imagine what it will be like to say goodbye. It’s going to be a tough one.

It’s our last week and we are praying that we will use our time wisely – in conversations with coworkers; in time spent as a team; in time spent alone with the Lord. Bittersweet is about the only word that comes to mind when we think about leaving this summer behind. We will never have another season in life quite like this. We have been incredibly blessed with spending time in the Word together. And we have been incredibly blessed by the bond we have in Christ. It is immeasurably more than I can describe.

We want to thank everyone for their prayers. Keep sending them because we’ve still got a few days left. God is with us and O how He amazes us.

-The Apalachicolians

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