As we head into a new week, new hopes and expectations, I thought I would take a minute to ask for prayers.
God has been so good to us thus far, every prayer, every encouragement we have asked for, He has given. This week has been an extremely intense week, but God has been so good to be right there every step of the way, guiding us and sending to us the right people at just the right moments. We know there are those of you back home praying, and I thank you – we can tell!
We believe satan has had rule of this place (Africa in general, this village specifically) and he’s not real happy now that God is kicking him out of a good thing. He’s been sitting back in his la-z-boy and causing a blindness to God in this place. So, we are in the middle of a pretty intense battle but we know Who the victor will be and we know He is Who we serve so we hold fast in the knowledge that although things may be tough, intense and frustrating, God is leading us through and to the other side – Victorious.
Pray that our solar is fixed for good! I lost everything in my fridge this week, again! We haven’t been able to use our fans for a few days and it’s been hot. I know these are minor things compared to what other’s face here, but it is frustrating!
Pray for all the children here, in the orphanage and in the village. It is a rough life they have, what we take for granted at home…education, three meals a day, parents/family…some of them will never have. Pray that they come to know they have a Heavenly Father and that even in their circumstances blessings will come with their faith in Him. Pray for us that as we try to survey this village and figure out ways to help that God will lead us. It is extremely difficult in this culture to just ask questions to try and understand the needs, because just in our talking about say, education, it is construed very quickly that because we even ask, we are going to start sending all their kids to school. It is hard to determine the needs without being thought to be making promises! So we are praying God shows us how to find out the things we need to know in a way that doesnt cause confusion and disappointment.
Pray for our health always. Raelee has been told over and over don’t share things to drink, or put her mouth on things she shouldn’t and yet, yesterday at a big party she and another boy are passing a toy trumpet back and forth blowing on it! So, we do what we can do and pray God looks down on her and wipes her clean everytime, with a smile on His face that she has accepted these children without any reservations. Let us all be that way!
And just pray for our discernment. It’s not easy to discern real needs and just wants because we are white and we’ve probably got much to give. It isn’t an easy thing needing to trust in people, but having very few we can. I believe time will change some of this, but that doesn’t make it easier some days!
Pray for our families back home. We miss them dearly, and know sometimes it’s hard for them to understand what on earth we are doing!
I pray for you, whoever you are that reads this. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and thank you for your prayers.