Do we make God a first priority or a last resort?

This morning, I read a quote by David Alan Campbell, “All the horrible things going on in the world should inspire us to tell more people about Jesus, clearly He is needed.”  We can take it a step further and say, “All the horrible things going on in the world should wake us up and believe in Jesus, clearly He is needed.”

Sometimes people can get so comfortable in their lives that they have no desire for salvation. They live their lives without thinking of the eternal consequences.  I know we can get comfortable in the mission field.  When we do, then we get complacent.  I remember talking to Mike about the difficulties that I have been having and he said, “It is to be expected.  You will be persecuted for your faith.”

Turn on the television, read the paper or just talk to others and we see and hear things that will bother us.  What do we do?  Shake our heads and say… “Senseless killings…” or do we pray?  Jesus was beat, scourged, spit on and crucified.  Senseless killing?  Yet, when we understand who He is and what He has done for all of us, then we need to pray to our Father in heaven and ask, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  They don’t know because they don’t know Him. Do we make God a first priority or a last resort?

Here it is no different.  Guatemala has its share of corruption and violence, so when children go home, it causes concern.  If you are reading this, and you plan on coming to minister with our children, we ask you to witness and disciple our children.  Ice cream and pizza are nice, but the gospel is better.  Pray with our children, have devotionals and bible studies.  Clearly He is needed.

Flory knocked on our door and said, “The first washer is not working.”  Our other washer is not working either, so losing this one obviously hurts.  One deep sigh later, I removed the cover and checked the discharge valve.  You never know what you are going to find… I found a glow stick bracelet.  It prevented the automatic valve from shutting and it caused continuous draining.  After removing the stick, Praise the Lord, the washer began working.

A Texas team is here to serve.  It is good to work side by side with the teams.  I asked them if they would like to do devotionals with the boys and they said, “Yes!”  We want our boys to be ministered with His word and when a team comes to share, it is a double blessing.  How beautiful are their feet!!!

All His,

Lee and Candy

Quickly

We returned home to horrible news. The judge sent Juan Carlos & his siblings back home to the family. I am heart-broken. Cindy 1 stays because there is a team of specialist who will try a new process for a catheter. We hired a new social worker, Edna, while I was gone.

The Bible Society of Guatemala wants to come and share the Word for 5 days and then give every child a new Bible.

Tomorrow will be an academic Olympic & the winner in each grade in math and language will compete against other schools.

 

Brian & Cindy’s eddingWe go from counting it all joy to knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience to LETTING patience have its perfect work. Now we go to James 1:4. You and I have to truly allow patience to work in our lives.

I always want my trial to get over as quickly as possible. But God knows there are times the best thing for us is to bear up under the load of a trial. I have to endure. Even in a trial I must continue to do His will.

The perfect work does not mean sinless but rather it means completeness. We need to reach spiritual manhood and understanding of spiritual truths. Maturity takes patience and time. Teens always are anxious to drive or anxious to date. But it takes time to mature. They need to be patient.

If we wish to run the race well spiritually speaking we need to develop patience. It only comes through training. We have to resist the urge to take short cuts. Our faith will be tested.

(Stay tuned)

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