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Dreams Really Do Come True

Posted by admin in February 10th, 2009
Published in faith, missions

Second place is common in my life. I’m daughter #2 of my parents. I am wife #2 of my husband. Once I was in a competition in high school and I won…yes…second place. I wore a lot of hand-me-downs (second place clothing) as a kid and if you think about it, being a step-mom is, well, another #2 spot. And I have always said I wasn’t God’s first choice in going to the mission field. I think His first choice said no and He allowed me to go as a sort of default. It is like a class of first graders and the teacher is picking someone for a task and there is only one kid raising her hand “Pick me! Pick me! I’ll do it!” I sort of see God elbowing Jesus and saying, “Well, should we send her? No one else wants this assignment.” And I go. I don’t mind being #2, but there aren’t many cheers out there for the #2 team. “We’re #2! We’re #2! Hip-hip-hooray! We’re #2!” Doesn’t work somehow.

I like the #2 spot because #1 has to take the hits, break the ice, scale the wall. I just have to follow others’ examples. I’m now ranking #2 in another way. InterVarsity Press has just contracted to publish a book I’ve written with my good pal Mike Romanowski. Mike is the #1 guy; I’m #2. I am so excited about this book contract because first of all, I think InterVarsity is an amazing publisher and because they were my first choice of publishers all along. Dreams really do come true. Getting this book published is one of the BIG things in my life. It gives me a wonderful sense of God’s nearness and love for me. It is so much of a dream come true that I have to keep pinching myself and now, I am black and blue all over. Not pretty.

The book was Romanowski’s idea and he asked me to tag along. Thanks Mike. It’s called Crossing Borders: Teaching in a Distant Classroom. It’s all about teaching overseas as a Christian mission. The book is about preparing to go. Being the best teacher you can be. It’s about living incarnationally and loving students with Christ’s love. It’s about being the fragrance of Christ in a distant land, serving others, giving of oneself for the Kingdom’s sake. The final chapter is a collection of narratives from folks who have crossed the ocean to teach in a distant classroom. It’s stories of transformation, conversions and relationships that make life worth living. So, yeah, I’m excited. Because dreams really do come true and God really does show up and being #2 ain’t so bad at all. Peace.

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61. ndhorton said,
February 10th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Hmmm! I guess that means Jerry Jenkins was #2 with the Left Behind series–not a bad place to be. Anyway, I’m mighty proud of you. I’m hoping to get an autographed copy!

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62. admin said,
February 10th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Thanks man. Praying that you’ll hear something soon on China or Denmark or somewhere out there. You guys are desperately needed we just have to figure out where God is taking you all. And, I would be pleased for you to have an autographed copy of the book! 🙂

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63. grannieannie said,
February 10th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Ahhh, but there’s only ONE Teri and she’s awesome!

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64. big sister said,
February 11th, 2009 at 9:21 am

You were never #2 to God or to me. You are and always will be #1 to God and me – you are the best sister and I’m so proud – I, too, would like an autographed copy of this No. 1 Best Seller on the NY Times list! Love ya’

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75. little momma said,
February 16th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

There is only one YOU. And your #1 for me too. your already the fragrance of Jesus to so many.
Love you.

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