Next week we return to our place in the Golden Country, and pick up a whole new type of “normal” with our little babe in arms. Two months went by so fast! We relished our time in Thailand and are sad to part with our friends here, yet we are also eager to return to our neighborhood in Yangon.
While we were gone, we learned of the death of one of Jim’s Rakhine friends, a man who passed away at a young age and did not know Christ. Myanmar was also hit by record level rainfall this summer, and many people lost homes, crops and loved ones in the wake of all the flooding. News such as this is saddening, and yet it also rekindles in us our sense of purpose in being here. Pray with us, that we would have opportunities to declare God’s favor and grace, that we would do so fearlessly, and that the people of this land would know for themselves the salvation of Christ.
“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.”
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.”
Brethren, we have met to worship
And adore the Lord our God;
Will you pray with all your power,
While we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit
Of the Holy One comes down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna
Will be showered all around.
“The man or woman at home who prays often has as much to do with the effectiveness of the missionary on the field, and consequently with the results of his or her labors, as the missionary.” (R. A. Torrey)
“I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory.
And they will declare My glory among the nations.“
Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.
(II Thessalonians 3:1)
Hear the call of the Kingdom
To reach out to the lost
With the Father’s compassion
In the wonder of the cross
Bringing peace and forgiveness
And a hope yet to come
Let the nations put their trust in Him.
King of Heaven, we will answer the call
We will follow, bringing hope to the world
Filled with passion, filled with power to proclaim
Salvation in Jesus’ name.
* most photos are from 2006-07, by Jim