Hi friends and family!!
Thank you for all of the love and encouragement after the last blog post. I am so comforted by the fact that there are so many of you who care and are praying for me and my team.
The past week and a half have FLOWN by! We have been going to various communities, pr*yer walking, sharing the G*spel, learning, and having fun. In just one day we will have students here from Kansas and Nebraska, and we will be leading them around the communities and teaching them how to engage people, start conversations, and share the G*spel. We are so excited for them to get here!
Wednesday was hard. It was a cold day, really windy and rainy. That’s typical Amsterdam weather, but our first two weeks here it has been very sunny and beautiful! We went to a community to share, and because of the weather and the M*slim holiday, Ramadan, there weren’t a lot of people out. When we did see people and try to start conversations, they didn’t speak English. We pr*yer walked, but didn’t get to share the G*spel at all. There was lots of frustration, and it was hard to pr*y. Father brought this verse to mind: “Rejoice always! Pr*y constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is Father’s will for you in CJ” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 HCSB). The enemy tried multiple times to get in my head and minimize the pr*yers. He tried to make me think that pr*yer isn’t as important as sharing, and that if I don’t get to share, the day was worthless. But when we look at scripture, Father commands us to pr*y time and time again:
“P*y in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your pr*yers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).
“Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in pr*yer” (Romans 12:12 HCSB).
When we share, we are sowing seeds of the G*spel in the soil of a person’s heart. Pr*yer is plowing up that soil and asking Father to prepare it for the seed to be sown. If a farmer went out one day and threw seed on soil that hadn’t been plowed, the seed would just sit on the ground. Some of it might fall into cracks and take root, but if the ground is prepared and plowed up and the dirt is soft, the seed will have a better environment to grow. When we pr*y, we are calling on Father to prepare the soil of a person’s or community’s heart and make it soft so that the seeds of the G*spel will take hold and be fruitful. Although the enemy will attempt to make us doubt the power of pr*yer, we cannot fall into the trap. We must realize that it is a vital part of the process. In order to reap a harvest, we must sow, and in order to sow, we must plow. So not only do we need to open up our mouths and share, we must open up our mouths and pr*y specifically for our lost friends and family.
Please pr*y for:
-Patience as we lead the team of students
-Opportunities for the students and for us to share the G*spel. Pr*y that we will get to experience a harvest of believers, but that if we don’t we can have joy in plowing and sowing seed and can trust that Father will continue to work after we leave here.
-Our people group. That they’ll realize that there is a Father who loves them that they don’t have to work to have a relationship with. All they have to do is believe in J*sus and follow after Him.