7Nov11 – Part 1 (finally completing 2Nov11)
So, I’m finally getting back to my post from the 2nd. Sorry for the
huge delay. Plus, I’ve got a ton of other thoughts for today.
First, with the lessons from the 2nd.
“Our safety is in God, no matter what the circumstances”
I was hesitant to share the stories behind this, mostly because
people might worry, but I want you to know that this is serious.
It is a critical lesson to learn in your life, as it has been to
Recently, two missionary couples have been robbed down here, both at
gunpoint. One of the missionaries even got shot. Additionally,
another younger missionary girl was getting followed by a “pimp”
after she started ministering to some local prostitutes. And, in
another story, a young girl started an amazing ministry to local
hospitals, caring for the sick and needy, despite great personal
risk of exposure to diseases such at TB.
In talking with these remarkable people, however, there is a common
theme that has been cropping up. When we are with God spiritually,
nothing in this world could possibly endanger us. Our safety lies
purely in Him.
This is not to devalue wisdom, or throw caution to the wind. All of
these missionaries do take precautions, such as armed guards,
security walls, or frequent testings for disease, But, the ultimate
comfort is that God is our strength and protection.
A theif can take possessions, but the possesions are not ours
Disease or guns can injure out bodies, but these physical bodies are
only temporary anyhow.
Our lives on this earth are mere moments compared to our eternal
place with our Heavenly Father, so we place our trust in Him. He has
said that He will not let go of us. Our souls are safe in His arms.
“Fellowship with brothers and sisters in the Lord is very important”
This lesson was much easier to learn, but ties in closely with the
last. Ken and Diane Pierce decided to start a fellowship at their
house. A meeting every Sunday afternoon of local to worship in
English and build up a community of brothers and sisters in ministry
I have been blessed to lead worship with this group the past 2
sundays, and Dad even shared a bit of a message with them last week
when he was here.
This fellowship allows us to encourage and lift one another up. Many
of us go to Haitian churches, but there will always be a different
level of worship as we are struggling to translate in our minds, and
there will always be a cultural disconnect with the people. It is
good to gather together as brothers and sisters with similar, yet
amazingly diverse, calls to spread the Name of Christ. With this
group meeting together, we were able to pray for one another,
including the missionaries that were robbed. It is a chance to share
our struggles without setting off the worries of anyone who may be
reading our blogs. It is a chance to relate to one another and draw
strength from what God is doing in each of our lives.
And it is a reminder of the importance of honest fellowship.
This is a struggle for those in leadership sometimes. As
missionaries, we are seen as the ones who have the answers, the ones
who are faithful, yet we struggle too. Just as pastors at churches
back home desperately need honest fellowship where they can share
their struggles and concerns and lift one another up.
I think it is very important that we, as a culture, realize that
true leadership does show signs of weakness. The reality is that
every leader has weaknesses, and it is through sharing their
struggles, seeking help, and working through them, that a leader can
reach an even higher position than ever before.
So, that closes the lessons from the 2Nov11 post. 🙂 Hope that makes