Understanding

I often find myself amazed at the outpouring of love from the people in my community of Nyirtelek.  They have all been very sweet to me and though I have only just now started to understand what they are saying, the people I spend my time with have been immensely kind and patient as I have slowly learned their language.  It is incredible the thoughts and feelings one can convey even without words, but now that I know more of the words, I have a more concrete sense of the thoughts and emotions of those around me; which is a very reassuring feeling.

Looking back on these past 6 weeks in Nyirtelek, I have been invited, with warm smiles, into people’s homes and lives.  Even when I had no idea what they were asking me, people were inviting me to their homes to meet their families and share a meal with them.  A couple from church invited me to their house one Saturday afternoon to meet their family.  When they were asking me to come, I understood ‘Szombat’ (Saturday) and not much more, so I thought they were talking about the event we had at church the previous Saturday.  A very nice woman, who also spoke English, came and translated for me and said they were asking me to their house…I really had no idea.  When I finally knew what they were saying, I was blown away by their kind gesture—especially because they knew I couldn’t understand Hungarian—and used the limited language knowledge I had to say, “Köszönöm, kedves vagy” (Thank you, you are kind).  The man was so touched by what I said that he covered his face with hands, took a deep breath to collect himself, and asked his wife what the word for ‘Köszönöm’ was in English.  He then looked me right in the eye and said, “Thank you.”  I was left utterly speechless by his efforts to say something in my language.  At that very instance, time stopped and allowed me to savor what had just happened.  I knew, without a doubt, I was supposed to be there in that moment with him.

My time here has not been the easiest thing I have ever experienced, but it has definitely been the most enriching.  There is not a day that goes by where I am not reassured that I am where I am supposed to be.  Something as small as two words can be the means by which it is revealed to me that I am in the right place, but those two words are what give me the strength to continue along this journey.  I can understand more of the words being said to and around me but I will never fully understand the awesome power that has brought me here to experience the moments where two words can leave such a deep impact.  I guess the only thing I can say is ‘Thank you.’

One thought on “Understanding

  1. Thank you so much for your writings and your service. You’re bringing new world to many of us who have never traveled the world or reached out so far in ministry. May God bless your work and continue to provide strength and courage for you each day.

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