04 Oct What is Hoped For
Much of life and ministry are about missing and seizing opportunity. Most opportunities seem to quickly reveal our level of faith and courage the very instant they appear. I personally believe that in the life of a true believer most opportunities are the portals to a deeper and stronger faith in God. They always seem to call us out, demand something different, or catapult us into some new and constructive change. This is good. When your habit is to resist change, eventually when God comes calling, you will resist him too. Therefore, opportunity at minimum possesses the ability to reveal our spiritual condition and temperature in the moment God places it before us. If we are not very watchful we will find ourselves doing God’s work with what is seen, and not what is ‘hoped for”.
I simply want to share of few of those opportunities before us right now and humbly request both your prayer and your participation.
- Brazil 2016 Olympic Games. The largest Portuguese speaking country in the world will host athletes, their families, fans, and literally visitors from 200+ nations from around the world. This is a grand opportunity. Our ministry has put together a plan to ship 45 tons of Scripture portions, bibles, and tracts by the end of May. In addition, a volunteer team will work with us August 10-20. If you would like to be a member of this Team, please visit our website for details.
- Cape Verde June 2016. Two of our graduates from SBT’s 2014 class have been serving in a full time position as senior pastor and we are hopeful during our furloughs. Our prayer is that the ministries are able to find stability under these men’s leadership; thus freeing us to embark upon some new church plants in other needy areas.
- MMM 2016-2017. Mentoring Men for Mission is our one year training program where families who are considering the call to work in missions, will join for intense preparation, cultural adaptation, linguistic learning on their own dime and dollar before commencing the process of deputation. The blind investment into people who often never stay or return to the field is what we are trying to remedy. Our prayer is that upon completion the will of God is clear, all the romantic and adventuresome notions of the work of missions are at a balance, and a genuine commitment to God and his Global Glory can then emerge. Mission dollars aren’t wasted and lives aren’t ruined.
Finally, I conclude with a personal praise to the goodness of God in our lives. After eight long years, seventeen very difficult surgeries, and due to a car wreck in West Africa that was no fault of our own, we were still paying medical bills that was very burdensome to us each month. Thanks to God and one longtime supporter, we are free of it all. This amazing church seized an opportunity to be a blessing and changed our lives with their generosity. Remember that what earthy thing we put into God’s hands is then touch with eternality. It then stands to bring an everlasting reward.