We’ve visited this river a few times before, but we’ve never seen it moving as quickly as it was recently. The kids were still able to dip their toes in the edges, but they couldn’t go out very far. As I looked at this picture, I was reminded of a friend’s words a few years ago. She shared that she had a vivid dream of a river rushing through this place, but even as it came there was great peace. The river wasn’t coming to destroy, but to fill up, to give life, and to wash over the land. We believe that God is preparing hearts for a great outpouring of His Spirit. Please pray with us that rushing water will come soon–bringing Life and Hope!
As our entire team gathered for a prayer retreat, we spent time reflecting on areas in which we each needed God’s strength. From the youngest to the oldest, we wrote on stones expressing these heartfelt desires for God’s help in the areas we are weak. As you read what has been written on these stones, may you not only pray for us as a team — that God would provide for these requests — but may you also ask Him to reveal to you an area in which you need His strength. If you feel comfortable sharing this concern with us, we’d love to pray for you as well. Simply respond to this blog and we will gladly lift your need up to Him!
Recently I had the privilege to go on a hike in this beautiful country. It was a little bit rainy that day, but the wildflowers showed their vibrant colors off boldly amidst the gray of the day. Reflecting on that day, these verses came to mind:
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10, 11
God’s words water the earth like rain and bring beauty to it. What a beautiful picture of how His word is never without purpose!
It’s cherry season! Fruit stands are selling sweet cherries, sour cherries, red cherries and white cherries.
When we buy this fruit, soaking it in water before eating it is recommended. This is to draw out any worms that may be living in the cherries. The worms are harmless, so it’s not a necessary step; however, we would prefer not to eat the little critters along with the delicious fruit!
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people…” Ephesians 1:18
Pray that many will experience revelations of Christ.
During a recent downpour we heard drips in our kitchen. Upon further inspection, we discovered that there was a significant leak! We set up buckets and towels to catch the water and eventually the rain slowed. We had to run fans a lot to dry out!
For the past three years we have been teaching a group of students who are studying International Relations. We met these students during their freshman year of university and now they are finishing their junior year. It has been great watching them learn English and grow into young men and women. They have been dedicated to learning, often coming to our lesson before a full day of classes. Pray that they would see God in the things we do and say and that God would draw them close to Him. As they finish university and become future ambassadors or politicians, pray that they would know God and allow Him to worth through them.
As many of you already know, we had to move our center to another location because our old landlord wanted to turn our building into a hotel. Recently some of our teammates visited the old center and found that the renovation was well underway. It’s amazing how much has changed in just a short time!
It has been a while since we moved to the new location, but some of our students still talk fondly of the old center. Because of this, we realize that they are still getting used to the new place. Pray that they would not only make new memories but also continue encounter Christ’s love as they come.
One of my students was recently expressing to me her frustration of how many of her friends seem to have a negative outlook on life. She then proceeded to tell me she enjoys our times together saying, “Even when you were going through a hard time with your father being ill, and you having to be so far away from him, you still seemed to have a peace about you.” She went on to say that many days she arrives at our lesson feeling discouraged or overwhelmed with her life, but by the time she leaves she feels better and has a new perspective. Then she asked me, “Why are you such a joyful person?” That is a question I love to be asked. I was able to share with her about where my source of joy is found! I told her that yes, life is hard and we all go through struggles, but I can trust in God. He is there with me through it all—He is my source of peace and joy! Please pray that His light and joy would continually shine brightly through us here, and that people would be drawn to His truth by it!
“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:21
At a recent team retreat, we not only prayed together, but we also made bread together. We were taught how to form the dough into a boat-like shape, though some of our team members decided to be a little more creative in the shapes they formed. We then pressed the dough against the walls of a hot stone oven and waited for it to bake. There is nothing quite like a piece of fresh hot bread, called “shoti”!