Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Syzygus the Lost

"And, oh yes, Syzygus, since you're right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message... worked as hard as any of us." Philippians 4:3 The Message

A funny thing happened on the way to finding the verse of the day. With Strong's Handy Reference Concordance open, D was poised to search for scriptures referring to "not being  anxious" (Philippians 4:6) When I turned to the chapter, I saw the name Syzygus mentioned just before. Who?

All the other versions we consulted (New Century Version, King James, New King James, New International both 2010 and 1984 editions) translated the proper name into true or faithful friend or yokefellow.. I'm not sure I would appreciate my proper name reduced to an adjective. But if he (or she) disappeared in the pages on the way to Philippi, I would take that as our invisible helper in Korogwe today.

Our Women's Seminar here was originally scheduled for two 8 hour sessions. And although the conference in Handeni started late and ended early, we still had two days of fellowship with our sisters there. But prior to our arrival, a decision had been made to have one day for the women and one day for the Sunday School Teachers. This alteration in schedules created an entire day of doing

well, we were not exactly sure what?!

It's almost bedtime (7:30PM) and the day we thought we had nothing to do has been filled with activities. We reworked the conference agenda, discussed how to lengthen the time with the teachers and shorten the time with the women. We finished packing gift bags and presentation items for the local leadership. We got organized and orderly - ALL while the electricity was out.


"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns." Phillippians 4:6 The Message

We prayed, we laundered, and we laughed. Seven days times two women equals a laundry line that looks like a panty prayer banner. D insisted I NOT hang it across the window. I complied so now our underwear is stretching between the burglar bars across the paned-portal and the metal box that keeps the TV from being stolen.

"Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down." Philippians 4:7. The Message

We are settled down for the night and ready for what tomorrow will bring. Please keep praying, the challenges are many, the workers aren't exactly weary but our sense of humor is getting weirder by the hour! (Check out #KrazyinKorogwe )



"Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God." 1 Peter 1:18 The Message