Loving Ice Cream in Winter

Our daughter is overseas with a team serving disadvantaged people. Sometimes she’s working in a home for people with disabilities, sometimes she’s sitting down over a cup of tea with a young woman, sometimes she’s buying ice cream for a new friend she met at a ferry dock:

Jenna and friend at the ferry dock last week (Winters are warm where they are!)

Jenna and friend at the ferry dock last week
(Winters are warm where they are!)

In all of this Jenna hopes to build relationships with the people God places in her life, show them his love, and tell them the good news of who he is and what he’s done. That ministry along with the picture look to me like a living portrait of Proverbs 25:13 –

Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
    is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
    he refreshes the spirit of his master.

Just change the pronouns him/he/his to her/she/her in that verse and you’ve got Jenna. She is seeking to be trustworthy with the Master’s message.

And while ice cream may now be exactly a snow-cooled drink, I think the analogy still works. The love of God is a refreshment to the one who receives and to the one who gives.

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12 Responses to Loving Ice Cream in Winter

  1. Rachel says:

    Fantastic … does Jenna have a blog to follow or does the team she is with keep one? It would be something to read about their adventures and mission.

  2. Jeannie says:

    I’ve never read that Bible verse before, Tim: I hadn’t even realized snow was mentioned in the Bible but apparently there are 25 references to it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing a bit of what your daughter is doing to encourage and bless those she encounters.

  3. Laura Droege says:

    Okay, this isn’t exactly the most spiritual thought, but when I saw that photo, for some reason I thought of Olaf the snowman from Frozen. “Hi, I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs!” It must be the warmth in your daughter’s eyes as she held the little boy and the discussion of snow. 🙂

    • Tim says:

      I think warm hugs deserve their own spiritual study, Laura. I’ll call it the doctrine of embraceology.

      And my daughter does have a special warmth in those eyes. Take it from someone who’s seen them in real life. 🙂

  4. Kathi says:

    The joy of sharing ice cream (and a warm smile or hug) easily translates between differing languages.

  5. Tuija says:

    What a sweet picture, Tim.

    I’m also reminded of Provebs 25:25: Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land.
    Your daughter is refreshing people with the good news of the gospel – and I’m sure getting good news from her refreshes you (and us, too, when you share with us).

  6. Aimee Byrd says:

    What a beautiful moment captured in that picture! It must warm your heart to see that, Tim, while Jenna is away. I love it when you share her adventures.

    • Tim says:

      We will literally get to share her adventures later this month when we fly over to visit. Thanks for praying about the logistics, Aimee; the visas came through!

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