Faith, Hope, and LOVE

“Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (MSG)

Fun Fact Friday: The Pumpkin Process

Autumn has arrived, which means it’s time for pumpkins! For us this means going to the local produce market and picking out our pumpkins– I think the silver “Cinderella” ones are the tastiest.

Then we have to chop it up and either bake or boil it to make puree. We then freeze our pumpkin puree in muffin tins, so we can have 1/2 cup frozen pucks of pumpkin all year long.

Finally, we use some of the puree to bake up some muffins to share with our local friends, who usually only use pumpkin in savory dishes, so these are a real treat for them! If you have a special recipe that uses pumpkin, please send it to us–we might try it and share it with our friends here!

Prayer Point: Pastor Appreciation

Our team would like to give a shout out to Pastors and their families–you are loved and appreciated! We could not be here and serve without your support as you advocate on our behalf on that side of the world. It is with grateful and humble hearts that we say thank you for all you do!

Seeping…

For the past couple of months, we have had a leak inside one of the walls of our English center.  We didn’t see the leak or hear the leak, but as time went by the water, the water started to seep to the surface.  This leak was a reminder to me about the importance of being sure to examine the inside of our lives.  Jesus challenges the Pharisees in Matthew 23:26 by saying, “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”  May our prayer be like the song of David where he says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

Friday Focus: The Answer

A couple of months ago, we had the opportunity to attend a student retreat sponsored by a local, international church. The topic? Sharing Your Faith.  Most of these students attend an international university student gathering that we host every Saturday night.  This hangout has students from all over the region (and world) and from all different faith backgrounds. Our prayer is that the believing students who attend will “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks [them] to give the reason for the hope that [they] have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).  

Prayer Point: Revelation

May God reveal Himself to and through the local church.

A Clean Heart

For the past couple of months, we have had a leak inside one of the walls of our English center.  We didn’t see the leak or hear the leak, but as time went by the water, the water started to seep to the surface.  This leak was a reminder to me about the importance of being sure to examine the inside of our lives.  Jesus challenges the pharisees in Matthew 23:26 by saying, “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”  May our prayer be like the song of David where he says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

Fun Fact Friday: Wal-What?

Instead of Walmart we have street markets.  This is a distinctly different city:  exotic sights, sounds and people.  But there is still one Truth, one Hope, one Savior.  Pray that hearts will be open to the Gospel. 

Prayer Point: Hold It Loosely

I have come to appreciate the true meaning behind the phrase “pencil it in” these days! I am one who likes to make a plan, put that plan on the calendar, and wait with expectation for it to occur. However, this tiny virus seems to keep spoiling my plans! As I crossed off our Youth Family Picnic that had to be canceled and put a big question mark over the start up date of our new fall courses at our Center I felt very discouraged. I know the truth of God’s promise, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) BUT some days are easier than others to find comfort in that truth.  I am once again reminded to hold it loosely, and know He is in control and I can trust Him!

***Praise update: The Center is slated to open as scheduled this week!

Growth

I love our little lemon tree! Our son grew it from seed during quarantine for a school project, and we continue to check daily for signs of new growth. It reminds me that God’s faithfulness and our relationship with Him create the conditions of our daily growth as well. When we are rooted firmly in Christ Jesus, we grow in strength and our assurance rests in Him. May we choose today to overflow with gratitude at all that the Lord has done and continues to do in our lives!
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Colossians 2:6-7

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