I am reminded daily of what a joy and privilege it is to live and work in Celje, Slovenia. I took an hour long walk this morning and the song “God of this City” started playing through my ear buds. Tears welled up in my eyes as I passed the Celje fountain, where as an intern, almost 2 years ago, I felt a connection and special place in this city. And here I am today living in Celje and just 2 weeks shy of my one year mark as a full time missionary in Slovenia. God is the God of this city and he is up to some crazy things. He is definitely moving and working in the hearts of young people.
On March 4th I received my Slovenia residency permit. This card is more than just a visa. It represents that I reside in this country, that I LIVE here and have permission to until Feb. 18, 2015. I don’t know if I actually will stay until 2015, but God knows and that is enough for me. I want to do as Colossians 3:23 instructs, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
I live here to serve the Lord and my prayer is that people will be able to see His light in my life and that I will be able to be fully devoted to the God who loves me and to boldly proclaim his love and truth.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:2-6