Dad and the kiddos
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!?May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! May He send you help from the sanctuary?And support you from Zion! (Psalm 20.1-2)
Sitting in an airport on the way back to the US, the prayer book opens and this week’s theme is trust. Honestly, its something we all struggle with at times. But in reality, to be a missionary you are basically in the trust “business”. You trust in God to lead you to a place of service. It’s not just where he wants you, but where you will thrive and be a contributor to the Kingdom work that he is already doing there. You have a great sense of trust in those back home who have felt a call of God to partner with you in that work and to maintain their support so you can continue in it. Really, trust is kind of our thing.
If that is the case, then why is it that trust is often the first thing we question?
Usually when we write these journals, we take great care to share great stories about how God is moving in the lives of the people we work with. That is a great thing, but this type of ministry can get rough.
Days spent in long lines, dealing with culture issues, the challenge of raising kids alone, etc.
Not only that, one of the things that we have observed over the past few years are the numbers of people that lost their way on the trust issue and made some, let’s say less than “journal-worthy” decisions. They aren’t bad people. They are called by God to do his work, but have just decided to trust themselves more than him for a time. What’s sad is the way that we, the people of God sabotage our own participation with God all because a lack of trust in His will.
Before you read into this, there is no bomb about to be dropped here that our family is struggling or that because of some unhealthy situation, we are leaving God’s work. We are in a great place right now as a family. We have just watched a large number of our friends struggle with this in the past year. It has been brutal at times to witness. So what do we do? We pray. We put the trust issue back in the hands of the one that can truly give us peace.
Here are some other things that come to mind about trust that you can pray for (if you’re so inclined).
- In this moment, J.D. is traveling to the US for 2 weeks to
raise support for the School of Leaders Project, that is in the process of
beginning to train over 250 people to be pastors and leaders. We need to trust God to provide the resources
needed for the travel and the program itself.
- We have kids. We need
to trust God to show us how to raise them well and teach them to follow him completely.
- We know a number of situations over the last 2 years where
missionaries (in multiple mission agencies) have been pulled off of the field
for various reasons, and some who are currently in the middle of very difficult
and painful situations. These are our
friends. Pray that they would trust God to show them the way out of the storms
they are in.
- Pray for us. Pray that our trust in God stays strong and that we look to him to guide us with everything from our personal faith to the work we are called to here in Bolivia.
We stand strong as we trust in the one who has given us eternal life, because…
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven?With the saving strength of His right hand. Some [trust] in chariots and some in horses,?But we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God. (Psalm 20:6-7)