I’ve been reading Hebrews and am stuck in chapter 11. I’m not stuck as confused, but stuck like God is trying to imprint something in me…
When I think of the things we’ve walked through over the last two years of consecutively living in a developing nation, and than I compare it to the prodigious people who experienced incredible challenges without loosing trust in God, I’m obviously awed and humbled; but, it’s chapter 11 verse 40 that stirs my heart…
“All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”
Their faith is part of a bigger story. It becomes intertwined in ours and together we become part of God’s Great Story that culminates in Jesus. Their patient endurance, in the midst unimaginable trials, is not for comparing but for remembering. I am “reminded to remember” that God was with them. God gave them faith. God gave them courage. God gave them strength to “overthrow kingdoms and make justice work,” to even embrace a martyr’s death. A presumptuous outcome didn't justify their faith. A submissive and focused perseverance in God’s providence made their faith legendary.
So regardless of what we encounter - be it a horrific crisis or daily frustrations - "let us run with endurance the race God has set before us by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
We remain grateful for prayer partners and supporters like you who continually encourage our faith. This month found us delivering water filters and sharing the gospel, facilitating bible studies, meeting about the Resource Center, praying, preaching, parenting and navigating the final documents of Henry’s adoption. Below are our current requests and some important information.
Please pray for:
1. Healing for our local pastor’s wife, Mary who has been diagnosed with benign but painful tumors in her abdomen.
2. The Lord’s provision since a few of our widowed mamas’ children need school fees.
3. The young adults of some of the mamas to stay strong in the Lord and resist the pull toward evil gain and drugs.
4. The Resource Center to be managed with integrity and the team to make unified decisions that benefit the community. It’s ready to open for ministry next month after the inside is painted.
5. Henry’s documents to be completed without unnecessary complications.
We thank God we received his adoption and birth certificates. The Lord also removed an impossible barrier when we tried to apply for Henry’s Kenyan passport. Yea Jesus!
6. Our family:
· Kids’ schooling to successfully continue. They have all been very diligent.
· The packing process - we need wisdom on what to store, transfer and gift to others.
· Cost effective and straightforward travel plans.
· Restored health. We’ve experienced various infections that tend to linger.
· Provision and Protection.
|Working together, combining faith.|
|Telling stories, sharing faith.|
|Reaching out in faith for salvation.|
|A bubuzela in worship? Expressing faith.|
|Our 18 year old getting ready for his next step in life.|
|Our animal lover.|
|Can I travel yet?|
We plan to take a 10 month furlough for over due medical check ups and Henry’s assessments, to investigate Tavin’s future school plans and raise awareness/funds for the ministry. Please pray about continuing your support during this time and having us share with your church, Bible group or organization. Feel free to contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org
Asante sana for your prayers, support and encouragement.
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