Kindred Spirits, Part 1

I feel like sometimes God brings someone into our lives at a particular moment for a particular reason. You could call this a coincidence, or a "Godwink" as a friend of mine shared with our Bible study, but to me it's simply His provision. This has happened in my life more than once, and I want to share just a couple of those stories with you. In college I studied abroad for a semester in Santiago, Chile. I had a fabulous time and while it was a time of incredible growth with the Lord and met a I few lifelong friends, it was also a difficult time for me. I felt lonely at times, I struggled with fear, I had bouts of homesickness, and missed my soon-to-be fiancé (this was before Skype!). My host family was nice, but I didn't really feel at home with them.

Finally I found a church, one that a college friend had suggested. It was a small Calvary Chapel church plant, and I looked forward to taking the Metro (the subway) downtown to where they met a couple times a week. I met the most wonderful people there, including a Chilean woman whose wedding I was able to attend while I was there, and who I still talk to occasionally.

One Sunday I met a young couple at church from America. Luis was Chilean, but his wife Kellie was a gringa from California. They lived in Maui, but had been traveling through Chile for the last few months, visiting his family and surfing (Luis was a professional windsurfer!).

Kellie and I immediately connected, finding random things in common, and just feeling that connection that you feel with certain sisters in Christ. I spent as much time as possible with Kellie & Luis for two weeks. When I met them, that was all the time they had left in Chile.

I see God's fingerprint all over this chance meeting. While I only spent two weeks with Kellie and her husband, it not only renewed my excitement for being in Chile, and brought me a strangely familiar friendship just when I needed it, but it was also a learning time for me to be around a young, married couple just a few months before I would get engaged.

Sadly, I lost touch with these friends but I just found them on Facebook finally! But I know that it was just a glimpse of the Lord's provision, an example of Him giving me who I needed, a kindred spirit if you will, at exactly the right time.

To be continued...

Please share any chance encounters you've had, or times when God brought you just who you needed!

Kindred Spirits, Part 2

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