Missionary Mom: Team

Greg asked me today if I had written my article for the newsletter. My answer, “No.” To tell you the truth, I feel like this month has come and gone in a blink of an eye. Cohen is over a month old now, and when I thought our life situation surrounding his birth was a crazy time, I had no idea that the craziness had only just begun. After a newborn arriving early, sickness throughout the whole family (except the baby and me), and a c-section recovery, Greg met with our landlords to renew our contract for the following year. We received some news that we weren’t planning on…they were not going to renew. We had to move. This was the last thing I wanted to hear at that point, but God has a way with lifting us up when we are down, and he blesses us with family for a reason. 

When I say family, I am not referring to just my blood family. I will say that my mom arrived just in time to help us during our move. I really don’t know what I would have done without her. This three kid thing is no joke, and I am not going to lie. In this stage of the game, it is hard. If my mom wanted some time with her grandkids she got what she wanted. I was running every which direction between our old house and new house, and it was so nice to have her here as my child care giver. Thank you so much Mom! 

I am referring to my family here that we call team. We call our- selves teamAREQUIPA. You all back home are part of that team, but the families here on the ground, our family, the Smiths, and Rachel really rely on each other. After almost being here for three years, we have experienced the joy of finding family in Peruvian brothers and sisters in Christ, but this past month, I felt more love and support from my gringo team than I ever have. We needed them, and they rose to the occasion. As my mom said, “Megan, it took a village to move you guys.” And she was right. 

I guess I want to share in this month’s article that I am so thankful for my teammates. I don’t know how single missionary families do it. We relate to one another because we are from the same culture, and we are there for each other. We all moved here for the same mission, and we have each other’s support in that mission. There is really nothing like it. I appreciate all of your support in teamAREQUIPA’s work, but what other “teams” are you a part of? God calls us do be missionaries in every aspect of our lives. If we are so blessed to be involved in mis- sion alongside other Christians, who is on your team and how are you sup- porting each other? 

I love Paul’s analogy of the church being a body. Every part works to benefit the whole. I am so blessed to see God at work among my teammates in Arequipa. We all bring different strengths to the table, and in our weaknesses we help each other. We strive to love with the love of Christ. Thank you Kyle, Larissa, and Rachel for being there for us this past month. We are indebted to you for all the love and support you gave to us during a very hard time for our family. 

What teammates do you need to thank in your life?