May 2011

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds… Let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching. (Heb 10:24-25)

During our mission’s presentation, when we said we believed an important part of the ministry God has called us to was “encouraging missionaries”, we did not know that it would begin before we even reached Africa! Over the past several months God’s drawn us alongside several missionary families en route to the field, who are moving through various issues. We’ve had the joy of seeing God encourage them and draw them a little further down the path through us. One family was packing their bags and quitting school when God arranged the opportunity to spend some time with them and help them see how, in the Bible, God never uses discouragement to reveal His will. Praise God, they’ve unpacked, recommitted to finish their schooling and are continuing to follow the path to Senegal that the Lord has laid out for them!

As we looking forward to the next few weeks, several other families will be visiting us. We greatly desire to continue encouraging our siblings in Christ. But as Oswald Chambers once wrote, “more often discernment is given not for critique, but for intercession.” Please pray with us that as people share their lives and struggles with us, we would humbly and gently spur them on toward love and good deeds (Heb 10:24), and that we would not fall into the temptation of critiquing them or becoming conceited ourselves. There, but for the grace of God, go we.

Among the dandelions, Zoe learns the art of nordic walking.