The Lord is continuing to be faithful in what we often think of as less then ideal circumstance. We are still pretty much stuck at home although we are having class back at the mission office building which is a nice change of scenery. God has been teaching us both many lessons about contentment and finding our joy in Him and in nothing else. Living in a city in the first place is challenging and then living in a city that is on lock down is even more challenging. Often the Lord takes away things to reveal the true condition of our hearts. With lots of things to do and friendships we feel we are really walking with the Lord, but the true test is when He chooses to take those things away for a time. How will we walk with Him then?
I am reminded of Philippians and the situation that Paul found himself. He was literally stuck inside 24/7 and yet he writes to the Philippians 4:6-7″6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Then a little late on in the same chapter he says (Phil. 4:10-13). “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
The Lord is faithful to teach each of us this lesson along our journey of life. We always joke that we must be stubborn because he had to send us to a foreign country for the Lord to teach us these lessons. 🙂
We find ourselves in a good groove of language study each day. We are both putting in many hours which is a huge blessing. We are so thankful for our amazing Spanish teacher and our other language helpers who are so patient with us. We have been reminded that God is a communicator, and therefore if God communicates to us then it is so important to be able to communicate clearly the truth of God’s Word to the people we come to minister to. We value clear communication because God has clearly communicated to us. For this reason we are trusting God to learn Spanish well so that we can clearly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. We could not be here in Mexico without each one of you. Here are some prayer request’s that we have:
- Pray that we would continue to work hard at language study!
- Prayer that we would manage family and ministry well.
- Pray that we would be able to continue adjust to life here and make friends as the restrictions lessen in the coming weeks.
- Praise God for the progress we have made in Spanish and for the friendships that we have developed!
- Pray that the Lord would continue to guide and confirm in our hearts where He would have us serve after spanish study!
In Christ’s Love,
Caleb,Emily, Deslianne and Cohen Arnold