Two Restoration teams will head to Asia Minor, first in early May and then in early June, to pray, listen, share, and encourage. David Ryan is going with Team A in May. Here are his thoughts about the trip:
As a child, my mom had Isaiah 6:8 in a picture frame in our hallway: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” I always thought the verse was great, but really never thought about what it would be like to respond in that way to God’s calling.
Being consistently involved in many local ministries in the past, I had never given much consideration to my involvement in international ministry before this year. However, when I was approached to join this team, God had primed my heart for how he was working throughout the world. When I was making the decision to go, I thought a lot about how God’s community includes way more than my tiny hometown, my new home in DC or even the United States. God’s community certainly also includes my brothers and sisters in Asia Minor! When I considered how I have seen God work through my local communities, I got really excited about the idea of how God could use global communities if they were more joined together!
As part of an Asia Minor team, I am excited to help strengthen the bonds between Restoration and Lighthouse and build a new international community by pouring into a family that is hungry for mentorship, encouragement and support. I cannot wait to see how God is working in a part of the world that I have never visited. I am looking forward to seeing what He will use the trip to prepare me for next! Finally, I am thrilled to grow closer to my new Restoration family – both those going on the trip, the extended family abroad, and those praying for us back in Arlington!
The Asia Minor teams will host an evening of regional food and entertainment at our Crescent and Star Bazaar, April 5th at 7 pm.
Location: Fellowship Hall at Little Falls Presbyterian
Cost: $40 RSVP here
Take in the tastes of Asia Minor with a delicious meal and get a glimpse of the people the team is excited to meet. There will even be a chance to learn some regional dancing. It’s an evening not to be missed!