Its very hard to put into words how our church in Doha helped to transform our lives as Christians and followers of Jesus. Obviously its not the building, services, programs, Bible studies or any other practical "to-dos". Its the group, the Body, the people, the nations, etc. And its nothing we were looking for or expected to find. My eyes have been opened and my heart has changed thanks to God's beautiful grace. I'm humbled he would be so patient with me. Honestly I remember it being a a tough adjustment getting used to a very basic simple no show church. Hum...similar to the way Jesus began His ministry and idea for the church.
Nick and I were critical and nothing but self-serving when we first arrived and wanted to dissect everything that wasn't what we were used to. Turns out what we were used to was a legalistic, traditional, narrow minded and judgemental worship and faith. God has a plan and purpose for everyone in His time and how He gets to the heart of what really matters. I have never felt more loved, convicted, broken, changed and transformed.
As He does, God used people to show us what His church looks like and what His love really means. Through Grace Fellowship we were changed. Nick and I were honored to serve in some ways that truly blessed us. Nick served as one of the few finance team members. I was thankful to be a Mops coordinator and also serve on the women's ministry board as the outreach coordinator.
These pictures are from our last Friday at Grace. I'm thankful we can leave Doha knowing our faith isn't in our church or cultural/religious traditions, which is for the most part where my faith was when I left Texas for this middle eastern adventure.
However, we will terribly miss that beautiful picture of what heaven must look like...and the people that make up true examples of brothers and sisters!