After yet another 10 day trip to the states, it was wonderful to be back home. I wasn’t really wanting to go, having been gone so much, however the Lord greatly blessed the trip. Our home church, South Hill Calvary, had been prayerfully planning a "missions week" for almost a year. The vision behind it was to bring all of the missionaries they support, throughout the world, together for a time of fellowship, breaking bread, prayer and the word. There were 7 different brothers from Mexico, Germany, Austria and Croatia. Indeed it was an incredible time. How amazing it was to meet these guys and hear about all the incredible things the Lord is doing in other countries. Our time together reminded me of a passage in Luke 10. Jesus had just sent out 72 disciples to heal the sick and preach of the kingdom of god. We read in verse 17 that when they returned, "...they returned with joy..." In there excitement and enthusiasm about what they had just experienced, Jesus gently reminds them about the importance of humility.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven" (Luke 10:20).
Jesus wanted to make sure they didn't get caught up in what they did for the Lord...but rather what the Lord did for them. I think I can speak on behalf of all the missionaries there, that we had a renewed understanding that it is all about Jesus!
On Monday we will be welcoming another missions team who will be installing a heating system in the orphanage. 10 brothers and sisters from 2 churches in Washington will be spending the week with us. We are prepping for the cold season and what a blessing it will be to have a heating system to keep the children warm.
We also have some very exciting news, as another family, has answered the call to the mission field. Isaac and Tara Heist, from Bellingham Washington, have been praying about serving somewhere in Mexico. Over the course of a couple years, God confirmed to their family and to us, that they were to come down and serve at the orphanage. Originally they were thinking of coming down in January of 2015, however, the Lord had a different plan, which is usually the case. Their house sold incredibly fast, and it was clear that the Lord was saying it was time to go. So, having sold most of their things, Isaac, Tara, and their four children, JT, Asher, Isaiah and Jocelyn began the drive down. They arrived safely in El Paso yesterday, and it has been a blessing hanging out with them. Please continue to pray for this dear family as they start the new chapter in their life!
- Please pray for the missions team as they leave early Monday morning from Seattle
- Please pray for all 19 of us as we cross the border and travel back down to Bachininva Monday afternoon.
- Please pray for a healthy and productive week with the team.
- We are still in need of/looking for a 15 passenger van. Please pray that God would provide one in His perfect timing. If you know of one for sale or see one on the side of the road, please let me know.
May your hearts be strengthened and encouraged today. Let us be reminded of all that Christ has done for us...and the peace and comfort we find in Him!