The past couple of months have been so encouraging as we’ve watched God grow our support team in surprising ways and from unexpected places. Thank you to each one who has decided to partner with us in what God is doing in the World and particularly in Asia-Pacific.
We had the opportunity to share at church recently about how God loves to use ordinary people to do His work. For instance, think of how God used Rahab—in spite of her being an outsider, a sinner, and an adversary of God. As she decided to put her faith in Him, not only was her family saved but God also gave her the privilege and honor of being the great, great, great, grandmother of Jesus! Wow. Just because of her faith, God used her in unbelievable ways. I’m also reminded of “Doubting Thomas.” He’s had a bad reputation for over two thousand years but history tells us that he was actually used by God as a missionary in ancient Persia and then South Asia, where he was martyred at the age of 70 for his preaching. He may have doubted at first, but then he trusted the Lord and God worked through him in mighty ways. There are so many other examples of God using ordinary people in the Bible. Scripture doesn’t hide the ugly truths of people’s lives—it highlights how God worked in spite of mankind constantly screwing things up! Today we see many other examples of the same things happening, but the “ordinary-ness” isn’t often recorded. We can relate with all of this so deeply; we are so utterly ordinary, but we trust God and we believe that He can use even us! And He can use you too!
Thank you for praying for our trips to Maine and North Carolina! They were both really sweet. We had the opportunity to share at four different churches in Maine and God raised up quite a few supporters from our time there. It was a great time with family as we spent time with Grandpa Smith, Uncles and Aunts, cousins, and even Allegra’s parents. (Wayne and Becky arrived for the last two weeks of our visit.)
In North Carolina we were asked to lead a mini missionary training at their Missions Conference. We shared on what it takes to be a missionary both before you get into your ministry and while you’re there. A missionary often faces years of training, foreign language learning, Bible translation, relationship building, teaching comprehensibly to another culture, and other things (not to mention regular family life!). The church was very encouraging to be a part of and it was fun to join them for the weekend.
- What’s Next?
- Make trips to Arizona [October] and Canada [November]!
- Spend more time in Pennsylvania, teach an adult elective class at church
- Ask the Lord where to go in the new year for Partnership Development
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