A new friend and the potential thereof…


While Mr. Joe and I are getting ready for our new assignment we have been contemplating…

A few days ago while enjoying our morning coffee he tells me that he is contemplating about a few things more than I am…

About what our next assignment will be after this one.


Mr. Joe would hop on a plane tomorrow to make that 30+ hour journey back to Central Asia…if I gave him the word.

But me, I am being a little more contemplative.  I call it being cautious, or taking baby steps.  I say, “Let’s get moved to Colorado first and then start thinking about it…”  I don’t want to get in any rush and I need to hear directly from God about that one.  I don’t like doing things on a whim.

Although I do know that the invitation for the adventure following the one that we are about to go on is already sitting in the outbox of the One upstairs who directs all of our steps.

I still need to take one step at a time, one day at a time, one moment at a time…

I am a slow talker AND a slow mover.

I really and truly think that Mr. Joe is glad he has me.

Illustration here:  Mr. Joe is the race car careening out of control on two wheels and I am the one who is ever so gently applying the brakes.

God is definitely still in control and He knows exactly what the rest of the plan is.

In the meanwhile He (God) has a brought a new friend into our lives.  I am not sure what this

The front of a greeting card given to us by our new friend..."Baking Samsa" by Aisuluu Central Asia

The front of a greeting card given to us by our new friend…”Baking Samsa” by Aisuluu Central Asia

means, but He does.

Our new friend is someone from the tiny Central Asian country where we spent 2 months this summer.  When we met her we suspected that she may be from there because of the emblem embroidered on her purse and her general demeanor.

Sure enough, it was no surprise when after we asked, she let us know that she was from there and had been here for only a few weeks.  She is a student here in Dallas, at the college where we will still live for the next couple of weeks.  She speaks very proficient English.

Since meeting her, we have learned that she knows some of the same people who we met while there and she frequented some of the same places that we frequented.  Her brother works at our favorite coffee shop there.  She lived with her parents in the heart of the capital city.  I believe this is very interesting and that our God knows exactly what He is doing.  I am very cautiously noting it all.

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Mr. Joe and our new friend…about to eat plov that she prepared.

We have taken her out for authentic (Southern) American food and cooked for her and she has cooked 2 authentic Central Asian meals for us.  We are giving her a listening ear and understanding her dilemmas and frustrations with our culture.

A couple of nights ago, she asked us to her apartment where we watched a movie that she said was a comedy from her country about life in a village and it had English subtitles.  She laughed and thought it was hilarious and we sat there and watched it seriously with much interest.

So this is the story of our new friend who we will be leaving soon.  Meeting her could mean that God sent us to Central Asia solely so that she would find comfort through Americans when she was here or it could mean that this is one little “clue” to what is in the future for

Post card depicting a Central Asian sewing a dress...by Aisulu Bektasheva (given to us by our new friend)

Post card depicting a Central Asian sewing a dress…by Aisulu Bektasheva (given to us by our new friend)

us.  Perhaps a little of both?  Only He knows the answer right now.  At any rate we have been reminded of the adventure that we most recently experienced.

So, while we are trekking through the mountains of packing and making a lot of headway…everyday we have 3 stacks.  The smallest stack is stuff that we are taking, then a medium stack is what we are giving away and then usually a very large stack of the things that are being carted to the dumpster.

We are getting closer to the mountains of our next adventure and even now I ponder on the thoughts of wondering if God is giving us glimpses of what is beyond the Colorado mountain.  Only He knows and I’m not going to worry about it.

Love and blessings to you!



About Rhonda

Let me introduce myself to you who may not know who I am...I am an artist, writer, blogger, born again follower of Jesus Christ (I pursue Him on an ongoing basis with passion), I am a recovering codependent, survivor of childhood and adulthood domestic violence, an empty nester who still has a LOT of life to live and a LOT more places to go before I stop, the wife to Mr. John, mother, grandmother and I have a passion for being a part of the process of getting preschoolers ready for the rest of their lives! I have probably left something out but that's ok.
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3 Responses to A new friend and the potential thereof…

  1. Camaron Proctor says:

    As we are obedient in what we know He is calling us to do for the season we are in, He will get us to the next season in His perfect timing. It’ s usually not too far in advance He tells us, which is hard for inquiring minds who want to know! : ) Seems we are continually having to learn to be content in all things as He is preparing us for the next phase, which brings a wondering of what’s new on the horizon. Everything is definitely preparation for our future destiny and He works all things for our good. Even turning what the enemy intended for destruction into something for His Glory and our good! So exciting to go to Colorado and Central Asia even more so for me personally. To be in the center of His will in His divine timing is the ultimate euphoria and peace even through the trials tha are sure to come. He will equip us to overcome and take us by the hand and lead our every footstep when we seek Him with our whole heart! Blessings my friend. I am so excited for what God has in store for you and Mr Joe!

  2. sounds like God is writing a pretty amazing story. we are in a place where we’ve got several open doors before us and no clear direction one way or the other… so we wait. yet at the same time, i can’t help but think that God will be delighted whichever way we choose because both include wholehearted service for Him and both would be obedience… unless, of course, He closes one or the other. Hard to be in that middle place, yet also strangely comforting.

  3. EvieJo,

    Nice to see you again. I’m hopping over from Ann’s link up. What fun to see how God is weaving stories and countries together, for his glory! Nothing is an accident for our Creator, huh? May the gift of this special new friend be a treasure to you both, and may God continue to make clear your steps.

    My daughter is very excited about one of the Asian countries: China. She has been teaching herself Mandarin Chinese and is very interested in that country.

    Good luck on your upcoming move out of Dallas too…

    Jennifer Dougan

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