This week was pretty heavy as we had a speaker come in and talk to us about the persecuted church. We heard story after story about fellow Christians around the world who are in prison (and worse) because of their commitment to follow Jesus. Many of our new friends here are going to very dangerous places to share Christ, so you can imagine it was a very somber week. It is humbling to be around people who are willing to sacrifice so much for the gospel. We feel like peons because we are going to the safest country on earth at the moment. Everyone has been asking about Iceland, so I've shared lots of stories this week about how safe it is. I've repeated the story a few times about how everyone leaves their babies in strollers on the sidewalk while they shop. At first I didn't participate in this cultural norm, but after many annoyed glances while I maneuvered our large double stroller through the quaint European shops, I started leaving Darcy in her stroller on Laugevauger while I went shopping. I didn't realize how much Darcy paid attention to my conversations until last night. I was tucking her in and talking about our new life in Iceland. She took her blankie out of her mouth and, with concern, said, "I don't want you leave me outside." I hugged and kissed her twenty times, reassuring her that she would not be left alone outside in Iceland. TOO CUTE...
Prayers for the week:
*Wisdom to know what to do with our car: sell or store or lend?
*Visas to come in
* Haley and Darcy to learn Icelandic and not be too angered or too frustrated by it (Last time we were there, Haley stood up in a children's church service while a duck puppet was telling a Bible story in Icelandic and screamed, "STOP!! DO NOT SAY THAT WORD! STOP SAYING THAT!!" Needless to say, we had to leave.)
We celebrate 7 years of marriage tomorrow (Thank you Kristen, Michele, Jenna, and Linz for a wonderful date night!)