|Brian and Diane Harris--Pastors to Missionaries|
We first met the Harrises four years ago in Minneapolis when we were back in America. We shared a meal at Split Rock Grill and got to know them a little bit. They had just taken on the title of “pastors to missionaries.”
A year later, they visited us on the field for the first time. We did not know them that well yet, but it was nice to have someone from our organization visit. Our mission had just gone through a rough patch, and it was good to have someone formally visit to help us process what had happened thousands of miles away.
Last year they visited again. At this point it was like having old friends come to visit. We had met them a few times, and they were starting to get a feel for what life is like in Bulgaria. They got to know some of our friends by name, and developed a deeper understanding of how to pray for us. Being alone here in Sofia, their visit helped us feel better connected to our organization.
|Highlights from the Harries second trip to Sofia|
Last week they came for their third visit to Bulgaria. It was something Sasha and I both looked forward to. They have now been following our ministry for years. They know the key players and our close friends. They grieved with us at the loss of several friendships and informal partnerships over the past year as people moved away, and prayed with us as we look forward to the future.
For most of my adult life I have been in some sort of professional ministry. For over a decade I have served in Europe away from the country I where I spent my childhood. As such, my relationship to pastors is quite different than it may be for your average church attender in America. Rather than pastors being people who minister to me, I am used to pastors being ministry partners that I work along side. I am generally ok with this, but the down side of it is that now, after years of ministry, I find that there are times I need someone to turn to as a pastor, and such a person does not exist in my life.
This is the role the Harrises fill in the ReachGlobal Europe Division. It is a blessing to have them come and sit and listen to us and invest in our lives. I am very glad to work with an organization that values the emotional and spiritual health of its workers. I am grateful to have the Harrises in our lives.