Have you heard the phrase, “We are blessed to be a blessing?” This refers to God giving us gifts that we can use to bless and serve other people. The idea originates from Genesis, when God told Abraham to leave his country and go to a different land: “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” Genesis 12:2 (ESV).
At TWR Canada, the idea that God blesses us so that we can bless others is something we see often. God gives missionaries specific skills, abilities and life experiences that are so critical in their roles around the world. It is exciting for us to hear how God has called and equipped people for unique roles that only he could know ahead of time.
Meet the MacEwan’s. Jamie and Gwen spent 11 weeks this past summer assisting with the European office as they prepared for their move from Vienna to Cypress. They were eager to serve the Lord in this way. What they didn’t anticipate, though, was how God had uniquely prepared them for their roles and how he would bless them through the experience.
Jamie has a very specialized background as a systems architect and was able to use these specific skills in the area of IT, working with digital platforms. His skills were very beneficial as he was able to set up more efficient systems for working “in the cloud.” He reflected: “The work didn’t feel like work. It was very enjoyable and satisfying. Volunteering in my ‘field’ – how often do you get to do that in a charity as a high-tech guy?”
Gwen was working with the office manager, assisting in the move. Her tasks included packing and cleaning in the office. Her gifts in hospitality and encouragement were a blessing to the team during this time of transition as she helped provide a stable and cheerful atmosphere for the team.
Both Jamie and Gwen really enjoyed the relationships they were able to build with other staff members as well as the harmony of the staff and spending each day starting with devotions and prayer with the team. They also appreciated the side trips they were able to make in the area on their time off, visiting some locations that they would not have otherwise had the opportunity to visit.
In reflecting on their time in Vienna, the MacEwans recognize how God was uniquely preparing them for this trip. He had been developing their skills for many years. All the logistics of the trip including timing, house sitter and family needs, were easily taken care of. A specific example where they saw God at work was in finding their flight. They really needed economical flights, and they were able to purchase them for only $600 per person, which is practically unheard of, especially in the summer. To add to this, one very generous person even assisted in the finances of the trip.
Let us praise God for blessing the MacEwans in all of this, so that they were able to bless others in the TWR Europe office, who in turn are able to bless millions with the message of hope in Jesus Christ.