This week has been an interesting week on a bunch of levels for me. Typically as a leader, I “float” between all of the teams and spend a little time with each of them. However, this week we decided that I would actually lead one of the teams and stay at one site. This is a role that I haven’t been able to play in many journeys so I was actually very excited about it. Being with one team for the entire week allows me to experience the whole range of ups, downs, and all the emotions that come with walking through the week with one group of people. It’s been very exciting to watch as the team I have been with has grown, obeyed, struggled, and overcome through the process of making disciples.
In the village of Ushpa Uspha, we have seen many hear the truth of the gospel, many nationals be trained, and many understand the Great Commission to go and make disciples. We are excited to see what God does in the days to come with those that have committed to continue the work of making multiplying disciples.
Each journey is very different because each team is very different. This team is no exception! The process leading up to this journey has also been very different. Because of all that God is doing through NLGM and my family, the weeks and months leading up to this journey have been very full with many new challenges. Most of the journey planning had to “take care of itself” because that was just the only way. As a result, we have been required to be a little more flexible in our decision making with less information to go on.
I also cannot deny that our current family dynamic has greatly impacted this week for both myself and Abigail. There have been some major developments in our foster kids’ case and some major repercussions. We have also seen our eldest struggle mightily with separation anxiety as I have been out of the country. Our hearts have melted as we’ve seen her fears (that are honestly quite justified given her life experiences thus far) cause her character to change.
In ALL of these things, we are tempted to look at “results” for affirmation. Whether it be disciples made or the health/situation of our children, we are constantly reminded that FAITH is the only affirmation that we need. FAITH is what the Lord deems as successful. FAITH is what allows us to walk in obedience and say “yes” when the Lord says “go.” When we know that the Lord says go, our only response should be YES!
“God will intentionally, lovingly, and mercifully refrain from providing us with certain pieces of information at certain times along our journeys—not to deprive us of knowing things but to protect us from the burden of knowing too much too soon—a seemingly subtle distinction with significantly different implications. This mercy of not knowing, in fact, is one of His most profound acts of mercy toward us. He says go, we ask where, and He simply encourages us to not worry about that right now.” -Jason Johnson, Reframing Foster Care.
Please Pray For:
- The last day on the field with each team
- The nationals to continue the work
- Our team to be disciple-makers at home the same way they’ve been here
- The emotions of our team (this last day is VERY tough)
- The emotions of our family (we are feeling quite overwhelmed with all of the emotions from home and the field)