Making Disciples of Christ in Ecuador

Not Desperation but His Revelation

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Yesterday was my last day at Acumen Brands (where I was working).  When I look back over that time I see how God used it and gave me many blessings through relationships and valuable experience I gained there.  

What's in front of us seems huge:

  • Saturday we start our road trip, eventually ending in North Carolina
  • We'll go through several weeks of cross-cultural training there.
  • Then we'll come back and raise the remaining amount of support we need to move to Ecuador.  

As I was thinking about these things this morning a lot of thoughts came to mind and I put them into a poem.  

 

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Will you go without knowing?

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Wandering aimlessly isn't the same as going forward yet not knowing exactly where you are going.  To wander aimlessly means you have no point nor purpose and you're just being carried about by whatever random feeling or thought comes your way.  But to go out and not know exactly where you are going or how you're going to get there is different.  When we go out, following the Lord's call, we have purpose and aim, namely to please and obey Him, but we just don't have all the details.  

This morning I read My Utmost for His Highest and the below was the devotional for today.  There are some good thoughts here that encouraged me quite a bit and I pray that it is helpful for you as you seek to follow Him. 

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Difficulties and Joys: Part 2

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A lot of things boil down to perspective.  You can put two different people through the same situation and both of them come out seeing it differently.  In the last post I wrote about the struggles or negative aspects of the missionary appointee process we are in.  It has indeed been long and hard on us but we aren't discouraged about it because we can see some of what God is doing in us through it all.  I could turn most of the points around (and I'll do that with some) and show how they have been positive.  God is always at work even in the longest of processes.  

James 1:4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

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Difficulties and Joys: Part 1

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2 years is quite a bit of time to prepare for something.  That's how long we've been with SIM as missionary appointees.  That's a long time.  We've seen several who started with us and have already been on the field for many months now.  Discouragement crouches at the door continually.  And really, I can say that the desire to be a missionary in Latin America has been warming inside of me for closer to 6 years or so.  During these last 2 years we've had a lot of ups and downs.  One thing is for sure and that's that God has been teaching us and molding us.  We are still pushing toward the calling we feel like God has given us.  Being in southern Ecuador with the 1% of the population who are evangelical is still our goal.  In these next two blog posts I want to share some of those feelings and experiences I've had, both negative and positive.  I'll start with the negative and end on the positive ones in the next post.  They aren't listed in any particular order.

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