(Picture of a Burn Victim that Wears a Mask)
As we were listening to a sermon today we listened to the beloved Dr. Adrian Rodgers who has long been walking the streets of gold in heaven preach on praying. He brought up some interesting points about prayer and how we really don’t do enough praying for the lost as we should as Christians. He mentioned that most prayer that happens in most churches today revolve around praying for the sick. It’s not that we shouldn’t pray for the sick but sometimes it gets to be so much praying for the sick and complete healing that it’s almost like we want to keep those souls out of heaven that God may be trying to call into heaven. At the same time we neglect praying for the lost as we should and it is once again as if we are trying to keep souls out of heaven. Of course you probably get the point here and there is no sense looking to deep into it.
It is the truth that we could all pray more for the lost and for men and women that are serving God in any form of service or missions. It also spoke to us as well seeing the current situation we are in with “Darlene’s” sickness. Not that we don’t desire her to receive complete healing but we should be more concerned about God’s will being done. Many many places we have heard this week about “Giving Tuesday”. We have never heard of this before. I guess it is a day that was made up by non profit organizations to be after black friday and cyber monday, now it’s giving tuesday. Supposedly this is the day that is the most important day for organizations where they receive the most funding and it makes the greatest impact to determine their next years course. I guess to bad we have never heard of this before.
Continuing on the subject of keeping souls out of heaven, that is something we ARE NOT going to stand for. Just because we are dealing with challenges does not mean that we stop serving Christ when we have opportunity. Last week at church we were reminded of a passage of scripture that was extremely timely for us. This is very important to note:
2 Corinthians 1:8-21
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you. Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can’t understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us, even if you don’t understand us now. Then on the day when the Lord Jesus returns, you will be proud of us in the same way we are proud of you. Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing by visiting you twice first on my way to Macedonia and again when I returned from Macedonia.Then you could send me on my way to Judea.
You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.
Dealing with the situation we find ourselves in, it has been crushing and overwhelming at times. Darlene also came close to dying. It has also caused us to change our plans. Please don’t misunderstand. The Missionhog has not stopped, we are going to continue to serve God regardless of the circumstance surrounding us. Please pray as I will go out with another brother to do some evangelism this Sunday evening. Pray for those lost souls we will meet and for divine appointments.
As a side note, as we continue to serve until our last day here in Thailand would you in this season of giving be willing to support the Missionhog? We are going to continue to serve Christ until our last day here, we will also need help with our new transition to get on our feet while Darlene starts her initial treatment for at least another 5 months. We will still be involved with evangelism and discipleship while we are back and wherever we are. At this stage we want to continue to try to build our support because if Darlene does get well this can become a springboard to where God will lead us to serve next. No matter what we were all put on this earth to love God first and serve him second and that is what we want to try to do. It is not possible if we do not partner together in these efforts to make this a reality.
If you or your church would like to partner with us with some type of support would you please check out our donation page and please feel free if you would like to talk with us personally or contact us in someway with questions you have we would love to hear from you.
In Jesus name,