Well, it’s Feb.22 and we have purchased our tickets for our trip back home. It will be here before we know it. We will be back in the states from March 28th – May 7th, and we have tons to figure out in that short period of time before we leave. With everything going on here, I am torn between leaving with so much work that still needs to be done, and the joy of spending time with family and friends back home. But this will be far from a vacation. We have churches we need to speak to about what God is doing here. The needs are great and the resources are few. It can be quite overwhelming at times (major understatement). We are asking for prayer, fervent prayer. We are asking that God would open new doors of opportunity for this ministry. We are so very thankful to the Lord for those who have stepped up to support us, they have indeed been faithful in their giving. We are also very thankful for all of the saints back home praying for us and the people of the D.R. Be sure that the very God on high, who dwells in unapproachable light, the very Creator Himself has heard and is hearing your prayers. We could tell you of many times we have requested prayer either through facebook, our newsletters, or this blog, and God has heard those prayers and given an answer to which we see the result here on our end. Let us stop and take a moment to thank God for His faithfulness to His people. Many times, unthankfulness itself can be a hindrance to our prayers, because we ask and ask, and because of our forgetful nature, many times we fail to see the many answered prayers and therefore forget to stop and give thanks. Let’s do that now. Thank you Father for inclining your ear to Your children’s cries and responding, forgive us for our unthankful hearts.
This is again one of those times we are asking our brothers and sisters in Christ to join us in prayer. We need your help. We need some to step up and become mission partners. We need recommitments. We need lots of prayer. We actually never shared that we never met our budget to begin with, but God has time and time again provided for our every need. Boxes of food arrive when money is low, just in time. When we are about out of money and I begin to worry, the Lord provides through His people, proving His faithfulness. This has happened a few times in our short six months here. We have not lacked. With so many here struggling just to survive, the Lord knows we try to be very giving with all we receive. Even with our share of struggles and failures and moments of weakness, He continues to bless us, although we deserve none of it, it is all of His grace. Our God is good and merciful.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. -Galatians 2:20 ESV
As I sit here reflecting on all that He has done I am filled with thanksgiving and at the same time convicted at my apparent lack of faith at times. I am thankful that the Lord is so patient with us. The Lord is good and He is Worthy, and as long as He allows me I will serve Him with all of my strength. The the days are fleeting, and there is always that sense of urgency, I do not want to waste time. I am thankful for this priviledge to serve my Lord as in this way for as long as He sees fit. I am thankful for the family he has given me, who have sacrificed much and have been so willing, they are truly a gift from Him.
Brothers and sisters, beloved children of God, please pray that God will open new doors of opportunity. Pray that He will move on people’s hearts to give and to pray faithfully. Please also pray for us about some details on this end regarding residency and immigration. The Lord has provided our every need and He has done it through His church and the prayers of the saints. Pray that God will move in a mighty way in the hearts and lives of the people we come in contact with, the ones we are discipleing, and everyone else we are ministering to. Pray that the school in Piedra Gorda will be finished soon. Pray for the new town we will be evangelizing this summer. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord will go before us and prepare hearts to receive the Gospel. Pray for the Duncan’s and the Pastor’s family as well. It may seem that we asking so much, but it is nothing for the Almighty.
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?- Jeremiah 32:27
Remember, how we pray and talk about prayer reveals what we really believe about God. There is much work to be done here. I know my God is Sovereign and completely in control. I also know that He has a plan, a plan which He brings about using us, using our prayers. What a priviledge to be in Christ. The Father hears and answers our prayers when we pray according to His will (1John 5:14-15), Christ is at the Father’s side right now intercedeing for us (Romans 8:34), and the Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray as we ought to (Romans 8:26-27). He intercedes for us according to the will of God! What confidence we should have when coming to Him in prayer! Pray. Pray for us, pray for the DR, pray that the Lord’s will be done. God bless you all. Pray!
If you are considering becoming a mission partner, or would like us to come to your church and give a presentation on this mission, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will only be in the USA for 5 weeks, we will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ…- Colossians 4:2-3 ESV
And he said to them.Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”- Matthew 4:19 ESV