2013 SE Asia Retreat | One Privileged Heart in a Make-Shift Salon

Posted on: October 15, 2013 Written by
2013 SE Asia Retreat | One Privileged Heart in a Make-Shift Salon
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DSC01615Ten very different women. Ten different stores, dreams, perspectives, families, struggles and victories. Ten unique individuals with hopes and dreams that are being lived out in Southeast Asia.

One. One privileged heart. Me, desiring to encourage, love and be used by God to refresh the eleven, but knowing I have nothing in myself to offer.

DSC01591The One. The Only One Who is faithful and true. He showed up yesterday in the make-shift “salon” that is my hotel room. As the ten came hoping for a new hairstyle, a fresh “look,” my co-volunteer expertly trimmed their hair. Sweet smiles and light laughter filled the space. She cut the deadens and heaviness from their heads as we silently prayed God would remove any “dead-end” thought from their minds and heaviness from their hearts.

I was the helper, no hairstyling skills to offer-only my heart to bow with theirs as we prayed and offered all ten precious lives to the One Who is  faithful and true.

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” Thessalonians 5:24

About the author

Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.

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