Tuesday, April 24, 2007

God works for the Good. . .

I've had to remind myself this week that God DOES work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Ever feel that way?

Our team has been praying heavily about the people of Mozambique. Only 1% of the Tonga people are evangelical Christian. The Tonga are known for their witchcraft and hold instead to their traditional beliefs and customs, rejecting Christianity and Islam in the process. What little the Tonga's know about Christianity comes mostly from the Catholics who have had a presence there for probably several hundred years. They have built a large church in the city and it severs as a base for the region. Many of the people have gone to Catholic schools, but have never embraced Christ.

The need is strong.

The work very hard.

We had planned a medical clinic the end of May to help the people in a tangible way as well as a chance to build a bridge into peoples lives. The doors, though, seemed to have slammed shut. We are struggling to get permission to run the clinic, and may not before the doctors plan to arrive. They might be able to work with one of the local hospitals, which would still be a help to the people, but not what we would prefer.

We ask for your prayers as we seek God's wisdom in this situation. That we will follow His plans for these people He longs to have follow Him.

The second door shut this week was on our house in Dallas. The buyers backed out at the last minute. Apparently, they were in the process of working with another agent on another house at the same time. Once again, we ask for prayers for wisdom as in this situation whether to continue to try and sell or to put in renters.

On a more positive note, Jayden celebrated his sixth birthday at a new restaurant in town with five of his friends and had a great time.

The kids also participated in their school’s Big Walk fundraiser. Gabriel walked about 20 miles in four and a half hours!

Lastly, here are a few photos we took from a hike in the mountains near us. Gabriel’s missing the photos as he’s always far ahead of everyone else!

1 comment:

  1. Lisa, I'm reminded of what the old nun in "Sound of Music" said to Maria: "When the Lord closes a door, He always opens a window." Just remember that. His plans for us are always better than our own, although it's hard to accept that sometimes. I will keep praying that He will let everything fall into place in His time. Eccl. 3:11 - He has made everything beautiful in its time. Hang on, we're praying!