The Warm Fuzzies: Love?… or Parasites?

I love that even though I live overseas (Ok, technically I don’t live “overseas”. I mean, you could drive to Costa Rica from the U.S. if you were so inclined. But if you do, let me suggest that you carry a gun…and some throw-down drugs…and stash all your cash in a body cavity…and learn to say “Please, sir, don’t take me to jail, I’ll do whatever you want.” in Spanish – then you should be alright. But anyway, “overseas” just sounds cool.) …sooo… wait, what was I saying?… oh yeah, I love that even though I live far, far, far from my home church, and don’t get to be there often, I still manage to get in on the action every now and again.
Check this out.
A couple of weeks ago, my pastor asked this question on Facebook;

How do you get to be poor in spirit?

And I commented;

And then – here’s the cool part – when he spoke that Sunday, he used my response in his sermon! Ha!

I know. You’re like “…..And?”
It’s not really that big a deal, but this church is like home to me. It truly blessed me to be reminded that we are still connected…. via Facebookand Vimeo… Man, the world has grown very small, hasn’t it? Anyway, when I watched the video, it made me smile.
It’s a great message in a series from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount…

And it’s totally worth watching the whole thing, but the best part is definitely 12:35 – 14:20. It’s pure genius, really. *wink, wink*

Oh, and two things;

He is very careful to call me his “Facebook friend” and not his real life friend… To which I say, “Pshh – Whatever! I’ve washed my family’s dirty socks at your house. That makes us tight.”

And also, Yes, I am aware that I said “crap” but he said “stuff”. So goes the way of the VWM. The truth is, I wouldn’t say “crap” from the pulpit either. Maybe. Ok, probably. Oh, who am I kidding? I totally would. But I have no expectation that anyone else should. So I’m cool with it.

Anyway. I just thought it was pretty awesome to see that my little family in Costa Rica is still a part of that big family in California.

It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. …Actually, that’s probably because my tap water looks like someone took a leak in it…



  1. nick reid on February 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    yep, your pretty cool 😉

  2. Anonymous on February 26, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    We just got back last year from 6 years in Panama. We had a team from our mother church come down once. The night before they left, as she said goodbye, one friend of ours cried, because she understood how lonely we'd feel (sometimes) once they left. She just let us know that we were never really alone, that she was always thinking about us and praying for us (and probably shed a few tears for us).

    We'll never really know (well, until we're in heaven)how much our people back home loved us, cried and prayed for us, and sacrificed so we could do what God called us to do. Sounds like they love you, sistah! – Garry7

  3. Aydan on February 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    That's pretty cool that your minister used your example!

    Eh, love, parasites, what's the difference?

  4. Missionaries in La Ceiba, Honduras on February 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    That was pretty cool girl! I listened to it (okay…so I only listened to the part you were mentioned – but it sounds like a good sermon – I may go back 🙂 Love ya – miss ya!

  5. miller_schloss on February 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Awesome. It's great to have a good sending-church relationship like that.

  6. Pam on February 26, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    What I love so much about our big, amazing, wonderful, (dysfunctional) family of God is that we can go to the opposite side of the globe and still be with FAMILY. Doesn't matter where we are, with Jesus in the midst of us, it's like being home. That's going to be one H-E-(double-toothpicks) of a family reunion when we all get to Heaven — and I can't WAIT for the party to begin!!! :o)

  7. Carrie on February 27, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I know what you mean. The Bible has come alive for me in so many ways. Acts is in my backyard, it seems.

    It's great that you feel so connected to your Home church. The missionary needs every bit of encouragement he/she/they can get!

  8. Jill on February 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I miss you! I totally had tears in my eyes when the giant picture of you went up on the screen!

  9. Zac on March 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

    That was a really good sermon. Obviously, you were the highlight, but the whole thing was really good. What you said in your Facebook comment is awesome and definitely deserved to be quoted in a sermon :)!

  10. Matt on March 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Does this mean that you will become Jamie the Very Wise?

  11. Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary on March 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Haha, Matt, that seems like the least likely thing I can ever imagine happening. ever. So, no, I think I will remain "the very worst"… for eternity…

  12. Matt on March 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Deep down you can whisper "Hi, my name is Jamie and I'm wise!" No one will know…

    And, if it makes you feel any better, in a sermon, I talked about my new "because I'm 31" struggle of growing "man boobs". Some had issues with that…

  13. myderbe on April 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I found your blog yesterday & I'm totally blowing off laundry & cleaning to read the "older posts." My underwearless family thanks you, I'm sure. 🙂

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I was once giving a talk about how God led me to become a missionary & motivating/encouraging the women in the group to make an impact on the world. And I said "crap." And then I realized I had said "crap." So then I said, "A missionary is probably not supposed to say the word 'crap' in her testimony about becoming a missionary. So please disregard that."

    So I guess I'd probably say "crap" from the pulpit too. Oops.

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