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Thinking of you… Just Trust Me

Have you ever had one of those days when God makes it loud and clear everything is going to be okay?  When you gain a sense ‘He is thinking of you’, with you and sending people to stand in the gap to pray for and encourage you.

Paul & I had one such day on the 9th of May.  As we continue to push forward with setting up the Business as Mission company, we have many days when we feel like things are making sense, then either in a heartbeat or the next day, it then starts to feel like the plan is crumbling and we are back at square one.  We are truly being humbled by the process, being taught great patience and stepping into this unknown is make us trust God with every breath and step we take.  We have have had days when we feel that the task is too big for us, days when we feel overwhelmed by what God is calling us to do, days when we ask God “Why is it all moving so slowly?”

Spending time in God’s Word as individuals and as a couple, God keeps bringing us to the same lesson “Trust Me, that’s all you need to do Just Trust Me, “I have called you into this, I will equip and provide… Just Trust me!”  It is a daily reminder for us.

So… on the day in question, we were feeling discouraged thinking about the day head, praying about the financial budget for the BAM company that seems to be increasing, Paul feeling frustrated working on the budget and Sarah feeling overwhelmed working on the draft business plan.  As we prayed through the requests, it felt like a mountain and we were at the bottom of it looking up wondering how we were going to climb it or if we would we ever be able to climb it?

During our time of prayer, both our phones pinged just after 7.30am alerting us to a message that had come through.  1-2 hours after we had finished praying we decided to look at the message.  It was a message from a couple in Bangkok, that used to be in our Life Group and also given us advice on the BAM company, letting us know that they were thinking of us and praying for us.  It lifted our spirits to know that we had friends standing in the gap interceeding for us.

Our Thai friend Na from Bangkok visiting us

After 1pm Sarah heard her phone ping again, but not wanting to stop straight away as she ploughed on with the business plan, she looked at her phone about 30 minutes later.  We received a surprise message from our friend Na, whom we had taught in the bakery at NightLight.  She was visiting family in a neighbouring province to Chiang Mai and wanted to come and see us on Monday 13th of May.  With excitement, Sarah immediately called Na and said “Yes, please come.  We are really missing you”.  It again lifted our spirits to know that our Thai friend from Bangkok was also thinking of and reaching out to us.

Yet again another ping from Sarah’s phone just before 3pm.  This time Sarah opened it at once to see who and what it was.  Some more Thai friends and a foreign friend we had volunteered with at NightLight, that are now working together at another NGO.  The message via Facebook messenger yet again explained how missed we are in Bangkok, and that our Thai friends have been thinking of us and wanted to see us when they come to Chaing Mai for a training course mid-June.

As I (Sarah) shared the last message with Paul we looked at each other and said in stereo “What’s happening?”  There was now a clear pattern forming.  It just seemed to be too much of a coincidence to be contacted by so many people in one day with similar messages for us.  Paul let out an exhale and said, “Okay God, you’ve got our attention!”.

Just when we thought all the messages for the day had finished, Sarah checked her phone at about 5.30pm and saw an email in her inbox.  Again another surprise message from someone that used to be in our Bangkok Life Group, but moved back to the USA last year.  We hadn’t heard from her in a number of months, so it was very out of the blue.  Her message aptly titled Thinking of you’, once again explain that we had popped into her thoughts that morning while she was praying and she had prayed 2 scriptures for us – Psalm 90: 17 & Psalm 20:4.

May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.- Psalm 90:17

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. – Psalm 20:4

God definitely had our full attention by the last message.  We felt a sense of peace of how much He was ‘Thinking of us’, walking alongside us even in what we initially thought was a discouraging day.  The Lord had used our friends to remind us that He is in full control of what He is calling us to do and we just need to ‘Trust Him’.  

The events of the day also led us to think of Zephaniah 3:17.  A wonderful reminder that not only is God with us, thinking of us, but He also rejoices over us with singing.  Amazing!

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

 

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Moving On…

It has been a long time since we wrote an entry to our blog.  We do have good reasons and we will be sharing them with you over the coming months.  Since there has been a time lapse, we feel we need to go back before coming forward.

“And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.” Acts 20: 37 – 38

Family bond

When God says it time to move… You’ve got to move!  We shared with the churches we visited during our Home Assignment in the UK between June – July, that we have now left NightLight.  It was a decision that was very hard for us to make, we prayed, we shared with our Life Group (Small Group), we listened for God and His perfect timing.  When God’s clear answer came, it was a bitter pill for us to swallow…

The ladies at NightLight have become our family, and God was telling us it was time to leave them.  Over the 5-6 years we were there, we witnessed God’s transformation in many of the women lives, seeing them step into freedom, accepting Jesus, getting baptised, moving forward with confidence, self worth and stepping into leadership roles.

Just like a family we had many joyous occasions, where we would laugh together to the point of happy tears, barely able to catch our breath.  When the times of sorrow came, we cried together baring each others pain.

Our last weep together – Gathering in prayer for us

Whilst we were there, God taught us so much about ourselves.  We had the great honour of pouring into the women, however without realising it, many of the ladies also poured into us.  God has an amazing way of surrounding you with people, when you need it most.  We counselled and prayed for each other, sharing deep and personal areas of our lives that could only be shared when an amazing family bond had been formed.

A few days before our last day at NightLight, they prepared a leaving gathering for us.  It was the day we had been dreading, the day when the reality that we were actually leaving kicked in.  Nothing could have prepared us for wave of emotions that we felt.  Many of the ladies shared how we had impacted their lives, what we meant to them and how much they were going to miss us.

There was not a dry eye to be seen; another but final moment when we would all weep together.  I (Sarah) was a blubbering mess with tears and snot everywhere (sorry, it was not a pretty sight!).  I don’t think I have ever cried so much when leaving a place of work…even Paul shed a tear!  The women have left a huge stamp on our hearts, which we will never forget.  We will miss them dearly.

Since leaving we have been able to keep in contact with some of the ladies and those we know really well, have invited us to their homes.

So, God says it time for us to move on… So in obedience to Him, move on we will do.  We do not know all the plans for our next stage, but God is revealing the puzzle to us a little at a time.  We sense that God is calling us to start up a Business as Mission company, of which we are completely looking to God for guidance.  We will still be with BMS, and they are supporting us through this next stage.  We are not sure if we will remain in Bangkok or if it will be another location in Thailand.  As we step into this unknown and a new journey, we do know that it is all in God’s hands and by His grace, he will reveal all to us in His perfect timing.

We will be sharing with you how God’s plans have been unfolding over the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime can you please pray for us, as we seek His will with all the preparation, business planning, the location in Thailand, finances, our visas, our Thai business partner and finding a retail space.

Thank you for all of the cards and emails we receive from so many of you.  They always arrive, when we need a boost of encouragement.

 

 

 

BMS World Mission Bringing faith in Christ and the life only he can provide

 


Precious Moments

In many of our blogs over the last year, we have mentioned about the many baptisms we have seen and the many lives we have seen transformed.  God has been at work in the lives of those that were at the brink of despair, those that felt helpless, bound, not able to walk in freedom, where the enemies lies had blurred the truth, those that felt all hope was gone, those that didn’t feel they had any ability or worth.  

NightLight is known as NightLight ‘International’.  This years retreat, definitely lived up to the ‘International’ status .  A total of about 90 – 100 staff, volunteers, employees, survivours of trafficking from all corners of the world – USA, Australia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Brazil, Thailand and the United Kingdom came together, to fellowship, worship, rejoice together at the baptisms and unite.

We have now lost count of the number of baptisms we have seen, whilst in Thailand.  They have been a true testimony to God’s power and all that He is doing. Every baptism we have seen has been as beautiful and as precious as the first. 

Awaiting To Be Baptised

The most recent baptism at the retreat were made even more special, with 11 women from different countries in Africa attending from NightLight’s International Anti-trafficking programme.

Baptised – Hallelujah!

 

Over the months the Thai women of NightLight have welcomed and embraced these African women with such great unconditional love, compassion, acceptance and understanding.  We have watched as the Thai women took  care of the babies of the African women, allowing them to enjoy and have time for themselves during the retreat.  There was definitely no shortage of babysitters!  As the babies were passed around and lovingly cared for.

Number of women baptised 6 African women & 1 Thai woman.  We rejoiced with the angels as each life was set free in Christ.

All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name. Psalm 86:9 (NLT)

‘Precious Moments’.

It is an amazing moment when you watch those you have been teaching and working with over the years, rise like phoenix’s from the ashes.  When God uses people and situations that were broken and brings them to restoration, fullness, hope that brings Glory to His name.

We have shared in several of our last blogs, about some of the bakery women who had become confident enough to enter into business training.  It was a breakthrough, because they requested they were ready for this type of training.  I (Sarah), didn’t feel I had the Thai business language skills to train the bakery women to the standard they deserved.  So after months of praying (over 1 year to be exact!),  and searching for a professional Thai company that could run the business skills course, I almost gave up since we didn’t have a large budget to pay for the training either.  Thank God, He never gives up on us, just when I thought all was lost,  Paul & I were introduced to a Thai Christian Business Coach, that completely ticked all our boxes.

The Thai business teacher was fantastic and was able to teach the women with such grace, patience and understanding.  The women had nothing but praise for the teacher and the information they were learning.  

2 of the women after completing the first 2 modules of the business training, decided to take it to the next level and wanted to be enrolled on the individual business mentoring programme.

Successfully Completed – Individual Business Mentoring Programme

 I was over joyed, especially since 1 of the women in 2016 was adamant, she never wanted to do any form of business skills training EVER!  I am not sure what changed her mind, but I watched her flourish with each session as she come up with the most original ideas… I could see that she was even shocked at some of the ideas she was coming out with.  They learnt all aspects that will enable them, to start up their own business in the future, should they wish to do so – business planning, financial planning, designing their own logo/brand, marketing and presenting their businesses on video.  

The bakery has been a foundation for these women to step out, grow and realise their own potential, to let them know that God has a plan and purpose for their lives and that they have great ability to put their minds to anything not just baking/sugar crafting but anything.

Paul & I was proud to witness these women, who once didn’t think they could achieve much.  Successfully complete the Individual Business Mentoring Programme . 

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 1 Peter 5:10 (NLT)

‘Precious Moments’.

We truly thank God for these many precious moments.

BMS World Mission partnered with NightLight International 

 

 

 

 


Lost & Found

Here is an account from the Founder & CEO of NightLight – Annie Dieselberg

“Recently, my laptop was stolen at the airport.

I had left it accidentally at the security gate, and someone decided to help themselves to it. Thankfully, airport security personnel immediately checked the cameras and were able to locate the man who stole it. Within a half hour—and with only two minutes to spare—I got my laptop back and caught my plane.

I recently shared this story on Facebook and was struck by how many people “liked” the post. I realized that the fear of having something stolen or lost is a feeling most people can easily relate to. Hearing that my laptop was returned so efficiently gave people just a little bit of hope.

Maybe that’s why Jesus told the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son. The theme of losing something valuable and searching to find it resonates with people around the world, in every era. When what was lost is not just a coin but something of our very own, the intensity and emotional connection with this experience grows. It’s a fear every parent understands.

It’s not as easy to relate to victims of human trafficking and exploitation. Yet every night in Bangkok (and around the world), lost daughters walk the streets in hopes of being found. Their parents do not know where they are and sometimes have not yet even realized that they are lost. These daughters cannot find their way home from this foreign land. They stumble around in the dark; their vulnerability being exploited night after night. The immediate terror and panic of being truly lost eventually gets pushed down beneath layers of coping strategies, but it doesn’t take much to trigger the fear, the trauma, and the alienation. Their dignity, their freedom, their lives have been stolen from them.

**Anna was hired to work as a maid for a family in the Middle East. Once there, however, she was enslaved and forced to work for no pay under a cruel boss. Her employer brought her to Bangkok, where she was beaten and thrown out on the streets with no documents and no means of taking care of herself. Suddenly on the streets, alone in a foreign land, Anna realized she was hungry, desperate, and very lost. Anna had to turn to prostitution for survival. Soon after, she was picked up by the police and thrown in the immigration detention center, where she stayed for 4 months and had no way to access help or family. She did not know if she would ever find her way home.

One day, however, our help line number was given to Anna. Calling us from the pay phone inside the detention center, she begged us for help. Recently, Anna was finally delivered from the jail with a ticket to go home. The immigration truck brought her to the airport the night of her departure, and we were waiting there to celebrate with her. Anna could not stop thanking us, though she said she had no words to adequately express what she was feeling. She had been lost and was found. She was now on her way home.

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way,” wrote St. Francis of Assisi. When a child, mother, sister, or daughter is found and returned, even the angels celebrate. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. We celebrate this love which compels us to join in the search, to set the captives free, and to help those who have lost their way to find their way back home. For these women, this is a demonstration of love they will never forget”.

**Anna’s name has been changed to protect her identity.

Praise God for:

  • The number of women that NightLight has assisted and repatriated back to their home countries, through the anti-trafficking programme.

  • The amazing restoration, transformation, confidence building and counselling, to help women walk in freedom, that come into the NightLight International Programme Centre.

Pray for:

  • The many women that are still lost hoping to be found.  Pray that NightLight’s help line number makes it’s way safely to the women who need us to help them.

  • Pray for NightLight to be in the right places at the right time, to reach out and help those that have been trafficked.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you, when we are in the UK during May – July 2018.

BMS World Mission partnered with NightLight International


God Came Near… The Greatest Gift

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son”.  John 1:14 (NLT)

Christmas is a special time of year, not because of the sights, smells, and sounds, but because it is at this time that we recognise and celebrate the day that ‘God came near’.

What is it that you place the highest value on at Christmas?

Bangkok Christmas Decorations 2017 – Hot air balloons & Winter Wonderland

Bangkok Christmas Decorations 2017 – Mr Men Christmas & a Christmas theme we are still trying to work out!

There is no official celebration of Christmas in Thailand, with many places open for business as usual on the 25th December.  However, the shopping malls of Thailand are all in full swing, selling gifts and adorned with spectacular Christmas decorations, and the twinkle of Christmas lights; with many of the malls trying to out do each other!  Large illuminated hot air balls at one mall representing the journey of Christmas, another mall bringing the fantasy of a Winter Wonderland… in the middle of one of the hottest cities in the world – Bangkok!  The bizarre, but funny shopping mall with Mr. Men Christmas!  Lastly, one mall, we are still trying to work out what their decorations represent!!!

Looking around Paul & I have wondered through each mall – the smiles, laughter, happiness, hundreds of photos /selfies being taken, a medley of Christmas music and gift buying fills the air.  It is so easy to get drawn in!…but a strong realisation kicks in, that all of this is nothing compared to the greatest and most amazing gift that came into the world! 

“The noise and the bustle began earlier than usual in the village.  As night gave way to dawn, people were already on the streets.  Vendors were positioning themselves on the corners of the most heavily traveled avenues.  Store owners were unlocking the doors to their shops.  Children were awakened by the excited barking of the street dogs and the complaints of donkeys pulling carts…

…Meanwhile, the city hums.  The merchants are unaware that God has visited their planet.  The innkeeper would never believe that he had just sent God into the cold.   And the people would scoff at anyone who told them the Messiah lay in the arms of a teenager on the outskirts of their village.  They were all too busy to consider the possibility. 

Those who missed His Majesty’s arrival that night missed it not because of evil acts or malice; no, they missed it because they simply weren’t looking. 

Little has changed in the last two thousand years, has it?  – Max Lucado (click here to read the full sample of God Came Near)

This gift is the largest and most expensive, it has no monetary value, it is a gift that brings much hope, love, peace, grace, mercy, atonement, forgiveness and ever lasting life (to name but a few).   We are sure that if many people knew the great significance of this gift, they would reach out to receive it with all their hearts.  Pass this wonderful gift on.

 “After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child”.  Luke 2:17 (NLT)

NightLight has been sharing God’s gift and presence in the red light district and local community.  December has been a hive of activity reaching out to Thai women / men and international women.  

  • NightLight successfully run a number of medical clinics throughout this year and ran the last one before Christmas at the beginning of December.  The medical clinic, provides much needed medical assistance to Thais and international women from the sex industry or those that have been trafficked.  It also provides continued opportunity to pamper the women with nail painting, a listen ear and prayer.

  • Thank God that 1,900 Christmas gift bags were hand out to women and mamasan’s (mamasan = A women who manages women in bars and brothels).  With each woman being told they were remembered, loved and how precious they are. 

  • Christmas caroling in the brothel of International women.  Some listened with tears in their eyes.  Many are Russian Orthodox and far from home in a foreign country at Christmas.  For them to be seen and thought of at Christmas (or at any time) is no small thing for women in prostitution.

  • On the Anti-trafficking side of things – To date NightLight has sent home 45 International women this year!  The anti-trafficking team has worked hard with many women that are now walking in freedom, and have been repatriated back home to be reunited with children and families. 

     

NightLight ladies performing traditional Thai dancing to Christmas Thai music

As part of one of NightLight’s Christmas party morning activity, we were split into about 5 groups, to visit various hospitals around Bangkok.  We visited the Veteran’s Hospital, to visit the patients, hand out gifts and pray with them. 

The afternoon activities continued with games, Christmas carols in Thai, dance performances and of cause an array of amazing Thai food prepared by each group.  

Freedom Bakery Update

Many of you have asked about the ladies from the Freedom Bakery.  They did an amazing job during the month of October, confidently leading and teaching baking & decorating workshops at 2 external organisations. They taught and brought hope to vulnerable women making the decision to leave the sex industry and those that have been internationally trafficked to Thailand.  They taught a total of 6 workshops.

* Freedom Bakery ladies teaching at the International Programme Centre

It was incredible to see the bakery ladies that over 2 years ago had no bakery skills, were fearful of the oven, frightened of the mixers and insisted the microwave was going to blow up, move so enthusiastically and with purpose. They are all teachers in their own right!

November saw, the same women from the Freedom Bakery begin learning soft business skills.  The ladies have expressed a desire to hopefully in the future open their own business.  Therefore, Paul and I, felt it was very important to ensure they received the right business training to guide them.  They have completed 2 modules in product development, marketing, packaging, how to start a business, finance and funding.

The training has been well received by them.  In the new year they will decide, whether they wish to continue with further training to be mentored in exploring setting up their own business in the future.  It has been excellent see the ladies’ progress and development reach new levels.

We would like to say a big thank you for all your continued support, prayers, emails, cards and letters and gifts we have received for special occasions.  We really appreciate them all.

We will be taking a break for the Christmas period, to recharge our batteries, before heading into the New Year 2018. 

We hope you all have a blessed & joyful Christmas and a peaceful New Year 2018.

Please note: We will be in the UK on home assignment from May 2018.  If you would like us to come and speak, please contact BMS, who will be organising the dates on our behalf.

*Faces have been blurred to protect the identity of the ladies from the International Programme Centre

BMS World Mission partnered with NightLight International


5 years!!!

Time has flown past so quickly, that we can’t even believe it!  It has crept up on us, without us even realising!  On the 29th June we noted that we have been living and serving in Bangkok, Thailand for 5 years!

We have been looking back and recapping the last 5 years.  It has been a time that has been filled with crazy moments, challenges, confusion, spirit filled, hot, humid, rainy, flooding, stormy, emotionally driven – fun, happy, sad, tearful and fearful journey that God has led us on!….but we wouldn’t change it for the world!  We  have had the honour of working with many amazing people of God, who are serving, loving, learning and teaching others outside of their comfort zone.

In 5 years we have walked alongside and worked with woman coming out of sexual exploitation and human trafficking, it has been super hard, but in this time we have been so blessed and privileged to have met, some of the most strongest and courageous women in the world!  Women that have stood tall and taken brave steps into freedom and transformation.

In the areas of the sex industry and trafficking that are dark and spiritually heavy.  In 5 years, we have had the joy of seeing God’s light and hope break through the darkness and seen God’s hand at work –  as women have gained their self-worth, value, dignity, a new life, and their God given purposes unfold, breakthrough’s of women delivered from evil spirits, brothel owners asking for prayer, listened to men confess that were about to use the sex industry for the night – but felt compelled to come into the coffee shop and share their heart, watched some of these same men give their lives to Christ, witnessed some of the most amazing baptism’s ever, watched God’s power of love and grace help trafficked & exploited women overcome extreme trauma and God’s justice break down walls of corruption!…. Phew!!!… this is the short list!  There is so much more we could add!

In 5 years, we have embraced Thailand – the people, rich culture, food, heritage, language and seen God’s face in every single Thai person or other nationalities we have met.  We have built strong relationships with many Thais that speak little to no English, a true testimony to how God has enabled us to embrace and learn the Thai language. We have been welcomed by Thai families that shows a bond of trust including Buddhist families allowing us to pray for them.

Most importantly, even before arriving to Thailand, during our time in Thailand and now, God has been with us ALWAYS, providing us with the strength, encouragement, giving us nudges to take steps into the unknown, providing us with the words to support others, providing us with the wisdom to make the right decisions.  God’s hand has been unchanging, we have relied on His guidance throughout this whole journey and this will not stop.  We are reassured that He will be with us always.

 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 31:8

We want to say a ‘big thank you’ for all your support, prayers and encouragement you have given us over the last 5 years.  A ‘huge thank you’ for all your letters, cards and presents that have surprised us for New Year’s, Easter’s, Birthday’s & Christmas’.  Thank you to our Church Partners for the great relationships and friendships that we have formed with you, your warm welcomes, kind hospitality, food and cakes whenever we come to visit your Churches.  Some of you have been with us, before we left the UK 5 years ago and that support from you has been greatly appreciated.

We don’t always get the time to answer every single email or letter, but please know that each one has been up lifting.  Many have come right on time, when we have needed a boost of encouragement.

Thank God for:

  • The number of transformed lives that have happened during this time – those that have made the decision to leave the sex industry, trafficked woman that have been reunited with families in their home countries and men that have had their hearts transformed and touched by God.

  • For our 5 years in Thailand, the people we have encountered, the lives that God has allowed us to make an impact on.

  •  The growth in our journey and walk with God.

Pray for:

  • Please continue to pray for the all those, that recently got baptised.  As new believers, the enemy uses many situations to pull them back.  Pray that they will stay strong and remain close to God.

  •  Us, as we continue to live and serve in Thailand – God’s guidance, direction and wisdom for serving others and our personal lives.

  • *Noon & *Ma – 2 Ladies that were working at NightLight but left recently.   Ma has sadly gone back to work in the sex industry and Noon has got caught up in a bad situation and has been contemplating suicide. Please pray that God’s truth will break through the lies they are been fed.  That with God’s help they will have enough courage to come back to NightLight.  That they will understand that they are beautiful, precious daughter’s and princess’.

To help you understand how much God loves and cares for us, here is a poem that some of you may know or have read already.  Please click on the poem title to take you to the poem link – 

‘My Precious Daughter (A love letter from God to His Daughters)’

*Names have been changed to protect their identity

Lots of love

Paul & Sarah

 

BMS World Mission partnered with NightLight International

  


Waiting on God Purposefully

It has been a while since we published a blog, however our busy work load and schedules mean that writing for a blog has taken a back seat.

Slide1The last few months have been difficult, since we have been working through issues in our personal and working lives.  Things that have made us totally depend on God and require us to wait on Him.  Waiting is an inescapable fact of life.  It is not about if we will have to wait for something, it’s about when we will have to wait, and crucially how we wait.

The thing about waiting is that, no matter how tough it can be, it helps us to understand that God is sovereign.  Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

When the trials come, we often want to step or jump right over them, shut our eyes or pretend they are not there.  However through these trials God has been preparing our hearts and giving us the ability to grow in faith.  God’s picture for our lives is way bigger than what we can imagine.  Obviously when we are in the period of waiting we often forget this, when we are rocked to the core, we know that God can and will come through, but you are left with the wondering of when.

There are two ways you can wait. You can wait actively or passively – active waiting is best.  It does not really matter what you’re waiting for; Joyce Meyer says it well, “Enjoy where you are, on the way to where you’re going”. In other words – wait well.

Whenever we are going on a particularly long trip somewhere, we always have something to read or some music to make the journey more enjoyable.  It may sound simplistic, but that’s exactly what we need to do while we are waiting on God.  Having a parallel project doesn’t make the waiting always enjoyable all the time, but does make it easier.  We are trying to have thankful hearts, drawing closer to God while waiting, resisting being passive.  It has been wonderful to find ways to add value to someone else’s life, by serving and helping them to reach their goals.

We understand that waiting is a godly act.  The enemy would rather we forfeit the wait in favour of a counterfeit lesser option; he doesn’t want us to access the power and strength that are developed within us when we wait.  We both love the scripture, They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint’’ – Isaiah 40:31

In the waiting, it puts us right into God’s hands and at the centre of His will for our lives.

“God grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in our weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

We would appreciate if you would keep us in your prayers.  We have received emails from some of you, and they are greatly appreciated.  We don’t always get the opportunity to reply to them all, but please know they are valued.

Thank you for your continued support & prayers.

We would appreciate prayers for:

  • Sarah’s Mum health
  • Both of us to continue to grow in faith for God’s provision
  • God guidance on work & life matters
  • Sarah’s health

 

BMS World Mission partnered with NightLight International

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