He is not here! He is Risen, as He said!
Luke 24 has become one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The Lord Jesus is so patient with his disciples. They are very quick to question and slow to believe. I feel an affinity with them sometimes. Probably more than I want to admit! I read a good part of this chapter in Church Easter Sunday before I sang a special song-on of my favorites by Steve Green – “I can See” the story of the ”Stranger” on the road to Emmaeus.
The song tells this story and asks piercing questions for us all. “Can’t you see who walks with you? Can’t you hear Who speaks your name? Can’t you feel something stirring in your heart? Can the paths we follow from now on, be the same?” Because we KNOW that the Lord Jesus rose form the dead, what changes will this bring to our lives? Will we remember He walks with us, and His Sprit is within us, and empowering us? Will we trust and not be afraid when He stirs our heart with His words? Will we listen as He guides us along the path HE chooses for us? Will we follow Him in obedience?
We pray you had a wonderful Easter, remembering our risen Lord!
We continue our work with Ethnos360 from our home, We are thankful for the ability to work remotely, and still accomplish the tasks we have before us in the Member Services Department, It is exciting to see people being able to return to their ministry on several of the fields of service. International travel has opened up a bit more to some places, while other countries are closed to incoming travellers. While travel to some countries is opening up, ticket prices for this travel is really high! Pray for our missionaries to have wisdom in planning their return to their fields, as well as provision for them to be able to go.
News from Papua (the Western half of the Island of Papua New Guinea), which is a part of Asia-Pacific, tells us of another people group which has now heard the Gospel in their own heart language. We rejoice with them in their new found salvation form sin, through faith in Christ alone! Pray for these missionaries to have wisdom as they train these new believers, as well as the new believers to grasp the truths of the Word of God and learn to walk with the Savior. I haven’t heard how many folks have put their trust in Christ, yet but am watching the Ethnos360 website for news of this story!
George and Linda, and our whole department, have been working on writing up the tasks for the Procedure Manual for our new software system, and how to do what we do. It’s really good to have that in place, as we never know when the Lord may move someone on, and somebody else will need to know what to do and how to do it! We have written many a manual during our years with the mission!
On the “Home Front” our kids and their families are pretty settled in–in their jobs and ministries. Tim and Mandy made it safely to North Carolina with their big trailer. He is working now and even got to work with David on a shift or two at the moving company. He loves the job! Praise the Lord!! Brett and Debby are doing well in ministry in Illinois. Brett is Pastoring a church, and Debby is homeschooling her 4 kiddos, and they take lots of hiking trips and exploration trips around Illinois and Indiana on Mondays! The Flores family will be making a trip next week to the city to get Sofia’s passport. She is almost one, and her temporary passport was only good for one year! Pray for safety on their trip and no hangups at the offices. Almost all the kids sent some fun pictures–everyone was coloring or hunting Easter eggs.
We are trying to decide when we need to go to Michigan to open the lake house this year. We usually go mid-May, but Linda is catering a wedding this May 15, so may have to just have a shorter time to stay and do the work to open the house for the summer. It just has been hard to decide. Pray for us to make a wise decision.
Thanks so much for your prayers and support for our ministry. We are grateful for the Lord’s wisdom, and His direction, and how he uses YOU to pray for us, and help us out. Thank you!
Until next Month!
George and Linda Heckman
Ethnos360 Member Services