Pray BFF #60 July 12, 2004
Dear Prayer Team,
The Hard Side of Delight
One of the most loved but hardest aspects of this ministry has been ‘living by faith.’ Some people say it is great. It is. There is nothing quite so motivating to seek the Lord’s face as well as rewarding to find Him close by. We are no longer surprised when we run up against ‘red alert’ times where a special miracle is needed, nor are we surpised to see the miracle happen. Last week not only did we not have a way to pay our upcoming bills but our van broke down costing over $1,000 in repairs. But the money came in just at the right time. As a result we found God to be close and another half inch of faith granted to us.
But we must admit it is hard having no boundary (popular concept of the need to have a cushion between being comfortable and desperate). A tiny adjustment here or there, and we quickly become desperate before the Lord. It is also hard having our lives entwined in the ministry (another misnomer that a good ministry is separated from your personal lives as leaders). We cannot separate ourselves from the wear and tear of what God is doing. We sometimes think and pray real hard whether or not we have chosen the right path but then we look at the fruit and know that the Lord is in it.
We also have a deep appreciation for those through whom the Lord does provide. God has greatly encouraged us by our consistent donors. Sometimes their life situations change and so does their giving. This is all of the Lord. We appreciate one family who has been giving $50 dollars a month from the beginning. Sometimes that is all we have received from BFF donations. This minstry stands as a testimony of God is doing something great from something very little.
Converting the Overcoming Anxiety seminar to printed format was like rebuilding my van engine, a very time-consumng project. It is finally finished. The numerous slides and graphics took a lot of time. I now realize how long that series is! Some have suggested publishing it in book form. I can see why with all of its 450 pages.
God is training our hearts as well as getting the material to others. After the reformat was finished, it would not print out. Paul found a solution, but needed to go back through and redo all the 100+ slide graphics. But praise God it now prints .
We greatly appreciate your prayers for our us. Please do keep actively praying for faith, love and patience as we serve His people all over the world.
Trip to India
Paul plans to go to India in late September via a short trip through Singapore. Please pray for Pastor Stephen and his wife Tanuja. They just had a baby boy, but she will be laid up in the hospital for around 8 days.
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