England, Norway – January, February 2011

The LWF travel schedule for 2011 started off dramatically. A trip was planned in a last minute way and Sandra was up in the skies. Her first stop was England where she was to meet with a small group of international homeschool leaders. Those plans changed and she wasn’t sure what God had in store. Did he really intend for her to spend 10 days resting? The quick answer is, “No!” Her hostess and new friend, Tracy, jumped in to arrange visits across the countryside.

Sandra was busy from morning to night meeting, getting to know, and sharing with numerous sisters in Christ. Some were met at convenient spots along the way. Others in their homes over lunch or tea. Still others were part of living room gatherings put together quickly and filled to capacity. Sandra wondered on more than one occasion why ladies would come out to hear some American woman they didn’t know. Of course it was because she’d been introduced by a friend AND God was in charge of the invitation. With well wishes and prayers for future visits, this part of the adventure ended.

The next stop was Porsgrunn where Sandra was welcomed into the home of a dear and long-time sister and friend. This home has become a bit of a sanctuary as the presence and work of the Lord are always evident. However, refreshment wasn’t the only purpose of this visit. A ladies retreat was planned and wonderful preparations made. The attenders included ladies from more than six different countries from as far away as Israel and the Caribbean. Their jovial and heartfelt response to the messages about the pitfalls of nurturing Miss Fix-it personality traits so common to women were an encouragement to Sandra.

It seems that this event may be turning into an annual affair, but this year another gathering was added. An evening was set aside for homeschool moms to soak in information and support from a veteran who not only survived but thrived those busy years. The intimacy of the evening enhanced by delicious refreshments promoted biblical encouragement and the development of a close bond. It was a blessing to be part of the experience.

However, group interaction aren’t the only thing that happened in Norway. There was a meaningful visit to another sister’s home and family as well as deep one-to-one conversations at various points along the way. The Lord doesn’t seem to miss a single opportunity to spread around the gifts and growth He’s given in the 2 Corinthians 1 pattern. The good-byes were a little more difficult to make this time. The journey home was one of deep thankfulness and further commitment to serve God wherever and however He sees fit. Ephesians 2:10

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