Today I was thinking, while we were driving to Ohio from Virginia, how very different various church communities are. And as a missionary, there is no shortage of the amount of interesting stories out there about church visits.
Each church community has their own ethos, ways of worshiping, personality, way of structuring their services, and quirky little things that make them unique. We have loved meeting every church community and getting to know these various things about them. Here are some of our varied experiences so far:
- We've been to lunch at a place where you can throw peanuts on the floor
- We met a man whose grandparents were Croatian and who taught us how to say "cat" and "dog" in Croatian
- We've learned the best way to help a kid tie his shoes from one of the pastor's wives at lunch
- We've been a part of of a church's powerful corporate pledge to stand up and be sent, saying "I'm here Lord, send me."
- We've sat on couches on a stage and just chatted
- We've done the whole service, about 40 minutes worth
- We've been told we can speak for 5-7 minutes
- We've been anointed with oil
- We've spoken at an early service while JJ played behind us on the altars (running from one to the other)