Hallelujah week – that’s the only way I can think to describe this crazy, busy, chaotic as only Georgia can be, scary, challenging and blessed week. Let me explain by starting at the beginning, okay technically a little before the week began – last Saturday.
Saturday (the Sabbath here in Telavi) started out as normal Saturday. Church starts at 1pm, and I went as usual. There is a new child, about 12 years old, that has been coming with his grandmother for the last few weeks. After the service, Pastor Dato opened the floor to prayer requests, and this boy stepped forward. Not only was he asking for prayer for his family to know Christ, he wanted to dedicate his own life to Christ for the first time. What a miracle! His grandmother has been such a huge part of the growth of the church, and now you can see it spreading into the other generations.
Then, we fast forward to Monday. Included in the funds raised before I came to Georgia was funds for a used vehicle. I have been putting off that purchase so that I could come to know the town of Telavi intimately, but walking everywhere. But that has really limited my ability to do, well, everything. So I decided to make the leap and start looking for a car. I started the search at the end of last week, and on Monday we found the perfect one. Not only has it only been owned by Americans, but it has been owned only by embassy workers in Tbilisi, so it has a spotless record, including detailed maintenance records. We went to Tbilisi on Tuesday to see it and test drive it. Because I am purchasing it from an embassy worker, the embassy is taking care of all of the paperwork including title, registration and car passport (yes, care need passports here). I go back this Monday to pick it up. It runs well, and has 4WD so I know I will be able to get around the hillside of Telavi in the winter snow. Ugh…that’s what I dread, driving here in the snow. With very few driving laws in place, and even fewer enforced, I can only imagine the chaos of driving on ice and snow. But I guess that’s for a future post. 🙂
On Wednesday, after my language lesson, I met with the pastor’s wife for some Georgian discussion practice. I am pleased to say that I only had to ask for the meaning of a few of the words – much better than last week’s meeting! Of course, I am still struggling to come up with the words to respond. And she is much better about speaking slowly so I can catch the words as she speaks them, then most. But it is improvement, and after a few fails this week, that is what I really needed to see. And after my lesson & discussion practice yesterday, I feel like I will eventually get there. Now to just memorize all of these verbs!
So while this last week was a lot of the same, normal chaos, I can definitely look back and see God’s handiwork in the week. I hope to see more salvations in the coming months. And I know that God was in the purchase of the vehicle. As for my language acquisition, I see progress – some in comprehension, and some in my reading (I now own a Georgian Bible, and use it alongside my English version daily). God is good!