Many Are The Plans

It’s always so interesting to see how God’s plan prevail over the many plans that we make.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

Monday was our first day going out to a village to train and practice. Our plan was to train in the morning and practice in the afternoon. On the way to the village, our GPS took us on various roads that no longer existed so that we ended up being about an hour late to our training.  Once we arrived, we discovered we weren’t the only ones to be late so we were able to simply move everything back, or so we thought. The training went very well and we decided to go out and practice before lunch. After an hour of practice, we returned to three grumpy babies (Adaline and our coordinators two kids) and Adaline seemed to have a fever. So we decided it would be better to return to the guest house instead of spending the afternoon in the village. The babies were able to take naps but Adaline didn’t recover the way we had hoped and seemed to be burning up. We decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and take her to see a doctor to make sure nothing major was going on. Through many prayers of people like you, we were able to find a great doctor that was only a few blocks down the road. We went and got her checked out and she was only fighting a regular cold! Praise the Lord. The doctor gave us some meds to control the fever and help her runny nose and cough. It was certainly not our plan, but it was awesome to see the way God worked in hearts to trust him in a new way.

Tuesday’s plan was changed immediately to help Adaline recover from her fever and allow all the kids a little more time to sleep. Ryan and Osvi went out to a village for training and gospeling while Abigail and Ale stayed at the guest house to do additional training. Both Abigail and Ale were encouraged by their time of training and simply being able to do life together. Once Ryan and Osvi made it to the village they engaged in some simple conversation that lasted over an hour until everyone arrived to take part in the training. The training went incredibly well and the immediate practice even led to a number of follow up discipleship meetings! While those that had just been trained went out to practice (obey), Ryan and Osvi did an additional overview training component with Pastor Edwin, which was received very very well. The training took about an hour and then they had another hour of follow-up discussion. Ryan and Osvi were both extremely encouraged by this meeting. After returning to the guest house, all four of us sat down for dinner and to talk through the logistics for the journey to Cochabamba in July. This led to additional conversations about future plans and future work in Bolivia.

Even though the babies haven’t been at 100% and our time hasn’t been exactly what we planned, it’s been so cool to watch God’s plans unfold before us and get to be a part of what He is doing in this city and country.

Published by ryan.mcfarland

I am currently a missionary and the Communications Director at New Life Global Ministries. I love what I do and the people around me. Life is about following Jesus and loving people. I want to leave the world a different place than what I found it.

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