Who would have thought my ministry would begin at a pharmacy?
Considering the subject of my last blog post, I'm sure you can only imagine that I've been making trips to different pharmacies here in Rome to get gauze, bandaids, medical tape etc.
My first time in one particular "Farmacia," I really hit it off with Natalia (picture unable to load, name changed for security), one of the workers. She noticed my accent (let's be real: it's not too hard to hide) and she asked where I was from. She expressed that she really wanted to learn English and I mentioned that I used to teach English back in the States.
That led to us getting together for coffee the following week for over 3 and a half hours. During that time, she asked about how I ended up in Rome and I was able to share the full story of how God led me here while she sat across from me, blown away. When I was finished, she replied, "Wow, you're really making me think."
I was surprised by her openness to share about things in her life as well.
As promised, I pulled out some paper and we began our informal English lessons right there with our espressos. During our lesson, we talked about how reading kids' books is a great way to learn a new language because of the simple sentence structure. Her eyes lit up and she asked if I could help her find kids' books in English sometime.
The next time we got together, I surprised her with a Bible for Toddlers in English saying that it could be her textbook. She absolutely loved it and couldn't thank me enough. I'm super excited to see where God takes this friendship and am continuing to pray for openness to the things of God!
I want to encourage you to look for ministry opportunities in the every day. Something as simple as a quick stop at the pharmacy could be what God decides to use to reveal His love to someone and impact their life forever!