At church today God confirmed why He wanted me to pray for our missionaries. A family spoke on their mission and how God miraculously over seven years showed them His vision for them AFTER 15 plus years in Mexico City as a missionary family. They were in church one Sunday, all was well, and God spoke to their hearts to go to Italy and restore and support a family. It took seven years for them to get there and be prepared for the job, but once they got there a missionary couple shared that they, too, had been praying for 7 years for someone to come along side them. This family ministered to their physical, spiritual, and mental needs. God has called them to serve as respite and support to missionaries.
I guess my heart was heavy for the sacrifice missionaries have made to serve God. They sell it all, leave precious family, and in some cases endanger their lives to share the Love of Jesus. I remember visiting a missionary friend just before they left America. She said to me in a very real way how difficult it was to sell some of her very precious items and to leave her family. I don’t know why it stood out to me the story about her dining room table. In fact she probably does not even remember this. But she shared with me how long it took her and her husband to save for this beautiful dining room set that now she was having to sell and never see again. She probably has long forgotten this table, but for some reason it stuck in my mind.
Things in the moment that we cling to capture us. It’s real, raw feelings. Then I look at her and her husband YEARS later and I want to ask her if she feels the same way? I want to know her heart.
Thank you God for putting on my heart to pray for Your missionaries, and thank you for confirmation through the powerful message of the missionary family today at church. Lord, I can’t believe you gave this man and his family a vision so clear and they patiently waited for seven years to see that happen. I have to wonder if they questioned, struggled with clarity, and faith? May we be confident in the visions you give us, and may we be patient for Your will to be done!
( Thai prisoners listen attentively to Subin as he shares the Gospel at the Pathumthani Correctional Institution for Drug Addicts in Bangkok, Thailand. The prison ministry, begun in 1971 by IMB missionary Jack Martin, is now under Thai leadership and has grown to include work in 60 prisons throughout the country. The ministry also operates a halfway house and a church where former prisoners can worship together.)
“Psalms 67 “O God, in mercy bless us; let your face beam with joy as you look down at us. Send us around the world with the news of your saving power and your eternal plan for all mankind. How everyone throughout the earth will praise the Lord! How glad the nations will be, singing for joy because you are their King and will give true justice to their people! Praise God, O world! May all the Peoples of the earth give thanks to you. For the earth has yielded abundant harvest. God, even our own God, will bless us. And Peoples from remotest lands will worship him.”
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Do you think I might know that lady with the table? Maybe???? If so, I can tell you that she does sometimes still think about that beautiful dining room set. BUT, nothing can compare with the incredible experiences God has allowed her to see in the transformed lives that happen through his grace. I know about this Thai prison ministry. It is fantastic–some great people working there and great things happening.
Do you know what?! I was looking for a good picture of missionaries at work so googled and saw this picture. AFTER I posted it and wanted to give credit and a description I saw that it was from Thailand! 🙂 Only God could do that. I remember you telling me about the ministry as well!!! I love you sweet Wanda boo! I’m still praying for you….so much. Would love to see your favorite picture of you and Ned at work on this blog!!!!