“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the the Lord”. Psalm 27:13-14
This month we celebrate one year on the mission field. One year. Oh what year it has been. It opened with me finding out I was pregnant the first week I was here. Then came transitioning to a new lifestyle and culture, family issues, deaths in the village of dear friends, two tropical storms and one hurricane that destroyed our apartment, a c-section, and infectious kidney stones accompanied with an emergency trip home and two medical procedures. When I look at all that has happened in just one year I truly am amazed that God sustained us. There were some very dark places for us this year, some times when all we could do was cry out to God with questions. At times we were grasping for courage and heart. We would have despaired.
WE SAW THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD.
Yes we did. We encountered God in our very weakest of moments. We saw Him work when there was no other possible way. We felt him reach into the core of our beings and literally lift us up and give us the path to walk on. We have seen God’s glory in the midst of despairing circumstances and I say HALLELUJAH! Who could bring this missionary from mourning to acceptance? Jesus? Who can bring healing to families? Jesus? Who can draw five villagers to saving grace in Him? Jesus. Who can provide money and food to us when we thought it was impossible? Jesus. Who can fix what was broken and soaked and soiled? Jesus. Who can heal heart soul and body? Jesus. WE HAVE SEEN GOD’S GOODNESS. Never doubt that it is there. It is.
Amidst all of the struggles there were so much more blessings. I really hope that there are some people reading this that have brought teams or visited us this year. God really used you all in a mighty way to encourage us when we were at our lowest of lows. Thank you so much for coming.
Now, we are ready to face this year, having learned so much and yet still ready to learn more and wait on the Lord. We WILL be of good courage.