DAY 5 – FROM DAD – LETTERS TO THE MISSIONARY
They had a great first day in the medical clinic. These are once a year events – the only time these children are seen by doctors is when THE JAMES INITIATIVE conducts medical clinics for them.
They also ministered to children in the streets today – pray for the team as they try to minister to the children whose parents have died or abandoned them.
Today – an honest and heartfelt letter from the missionary’s dad. If you haven’t been able to tell, we are a close, close family – and we like to keep our loved ones close!
But close doesn’t accomplish the plan of God in our lives, so while we prefer close – we never want to get in the way of the hand of God.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE – SO MANY HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR THIS TEAM AND IT’S ALL BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOTTEN THE WORD OUT – THANK YOU!
LETTERS TO THE MISSIONARY
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
When I first heard that you would be going to Ethiopia, my brain just went numb.
I remembered as a child listening to the visiting Missionaries in church talk about their work in Swaziland, South Africa. It so sounded like a place I would never want to go and a job I would never want to do. I remember as a little kid praying for the Missionaries every night hoping that in doing so I would never be called to do it myself. Needless to say, God didn’t instill in me the “Gift of Missions” and maybe because of that, I can’t think of any work in the church that I respect more.
When we study biblical history one thing stands out, when God wants to do a supernatural work he always engages His children in the process. From the greatest miracles we read about in the Bible, to what men would consider small subtle works of God, His fingerprint can always be seen through the fingerprints of the servant he has chosen to work through.
One of the great mysteries of God is to understand the paradox of God’s Omnipotence and His self-imposed limitations.
We know that God is unlimited in His Power and Authority and yet how can Christ presently reach out and embrace a child or give a gentle kiss on their forehead? How can God engulf a child in love and look deep into their big brown eyes as they look deeply back to His? How can God connect and communicate His unconditional Grace in a tangible, sincere and deep way that is satisfying to both Him and the child he loves?
The simple answer to one of the most complex question is to send my daughter, His daughter to be a His caring eyes, His loving arms, His life changing touch to children who desperately need a touch from God, but just as importantly for Himself who so desperately needs to touch them.
God knew exactly what he was doing when he called you, “Jennah” personally to go on His behalf to touch the lives of each individual you will see. He has predestined in eternity past the ministry that he has in store for all who will be affected in this coming week. Just as all of God’s servants in the past, (Noah, Moses, the Apostle Paul to name a few) it’s natural when presented with a God sized task to feel wholly unqualified yet we have grown to understand that we should never place limits on what He can do based on our own human limitations.
I just want to underscore the unlimited possibilities that exist based solely on God’s Grace and your willingness to say yes.
At present all you can possibly see is the opportunity to leave the comforts of home and family to go and minister to orphaned children in a faraway place for a single week. But God sees a much different picture of the lives of children and adults whose lives will be eternally changed.
I pledge to you that I will pray continually for God’s hand of protection on you and that all that is accomplished this coming week will Glorify His Son. I am so proud of you because I know that your “Compassion” for God’s children is fueled only by your “Passion” to Glorify God.
I love you so much,