Last post was a bit of sad reflection on Trieste. Well, yesterday we finally got some sun, and so when we went for a walk again in the city core our perspective changed a bit. Turns out that it is a beautiful city, and although some areas could use a good scrub, there is a lot of work going on to restore buildings and squares. Add to that some nice sites and scattered Roman ruins, and it’s really a nice place to take a walk.
Other tourist activities: checking out a castle with extraordinary views and drinking a coffee in a cafe frequented in the past by James Joyce.
We attended a church that was planted here a few years ago, and where some missionaries we have made contact with work. And really, we liked everything about it. Add that to some truly great people working here and we have a dilemma on our hands.
The whole point of this trip is to determine from our short list of four places the one where God is really calling us. Now with three places down, we have met with incredible people, and we have seen a need wherever we have gone. It makes it hard to decide what to do, although maybe this means that we can’t really go too wrong.
However, we are confident that we will be given the direction.
Right now we are in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the final place on our tour (other than a couple of tourist stops on the way home). There is a church here-double the size of all but one we came across in Italy-with a bit of aspirations that we are checking out. As with anywhere in this region, I am sure that we will find big needs, although I suspect somehow that they are different than what we found in Italy.
But first we have to figure out what we will eat here. Italy set the bar pretty high in that whole department, so I hope Slovenia is up to the challenge. I’m not sure what they eat here-I saw horse meat and cabbage mentioned in a guide book. Reviews will be coming soon…
Please pray that we will know with confidence where we should move and what ministry we should take on! There are some great options before us, but we want to make sure that we are led to the one God has prepared for us.