As my husband I begin the process of leaving our host country, we have begun to create a “bucket list”. Hiking to a castle on top of a hill near Ephesus, we came across this beautiful tree in blossom. It was such a contrast to the hard rocky ground that surrounded it, and instantly captured the desires of our heart. We know that for “the seed” to bear fruit here in Turkey, much work must be done to break the “rocky ground” and clear out the “boulders”. Yet we also know that our God is a God that makes the impossible possible. Despite how hard this context can be, we have told God the desires of our heart to see fruit. He has given us Psalm 27:13 “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”


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