Today we were back in our local Baptist church in Histon, England. There is something quite remarkable about being back with the people of God you belong to. It's not just that you have friends whose stories matter to you because you share in the same small group, or have enjoyed hospitality in their homes. It's that these friends may have been praying for you and actually following your progress while you are away!
It is so easy to say that you will remember someone and that you will pray for them yet find good intentions are pushed way back off your agenda. But, to our joy, Carol and I were met with dozens of enquiries from people we knew well (and some we didn't) who wanted to know how the preaching project had fared, how I got on in my speaking commitments, and how well we had both kept on our travels. It was humbling to be on the receiving end of such genuine interest from people who had actually remembered and prayed for us. Follow-up like this shows authentic Christian love.
It made me think of my list of intercessions that I return to in the UK - the individuals I try to remember in prayer - and how my follow-up with them will actually reveal how much I cared and prayed. It's a great experience to be prayed for and supported by people who follow through, isn't it?