I am learning that even when you “feel” quite sure it is
time to give up and retire from missions work it is not up to us. It is up to
us to ask God daily, “What do You have planned for me today?” For, if we relied on our “feelings” we will lose
out on seeing what God does through us and even what He does without us. When God calls us to service it is not
up to us to determine when we quit. I do not think we are ever supposed to “quit”. No matter our circumstances, there is always
something God requires of us to do.
Last August, both Frank and I were not sure if we were going
to live another day. We were both in
hospital; me in Abbotsford and Frank in White Rock. We relied on God.
When we got home, we both agreed it was time stop work in
Zimbabwe. One of the reasons was there are no reliable
hospitals at hand in Zimbabwe. Another reason was our age: 72 and 78. A third reason was with my
heart issues and Frank's cancer, travel insurance
was exorbitant. So, we discussed how
to go about shutting down the society.
The very next morning I had a call from a donor. “Are you planning on going back to
Zimbabwe? If so, I will pay your travel
insurance which I am sure has gone up after your hospital stay.” So, we decided one more trip. We had to!
Was that not an answer to prayer?
The very next day we had a call from Dr. Jerome Harvey in
Thunder Bay MEMO saying, “ We have goods for a
container for you. We plan to send it in February, will that fit in with your
trip?” We had planned to fly out on April
15th before airports were closed. “Wow”, I said, "We usually travel January to April. We have just changed the date and it will fit
in perfectly.” Two days later Jerome
called again. "We have another container, so you can
expect 2." Then it changed to 4. Wow, God was really telling us something. But Frank still had cancer in 3 major
organs! We decided, in faith, to make the
plans and travel regardless and to carry on.
What more evidence did we need that we were meant to go?
In February, this year, Frank underwent more treatment for
cancer. This time it was lung, liver,
and bladder. Doctor’s had not wanted to give him any more treatment but, seeing as
he survived in August, decided to go ahead with radiation and ablation. Last chance! He
recovered well, so we purchased our tickets to Zimbabwe. Now in July, he has been told that right now, and for the first time in 12 years, he has no major organ cancer to be
seen! He was told not to come back for six
months. Friends have called him the
miracle man, but now the doctors are saying it. Praise the Lord!
Also, my heart seems to have settled down as to some of the
adverse reactions to the medicine I am taking.
But, due to Covid19, we were not able to travel. This was another learning curve for
me. We now had 6 shipping containers arriving in Zimbabwe; 2 from CRW and 4 from MEMO and I was “stuck” in Canada. Reluctantly, I released the opening of the containers to
God’s control. Erick, our manager at the
Rasper project, was given the responsibility. Once I had released the container from my control things went well without me, although I was involved as I was the only one who knew where goods were supposed to go. So, one photo at a time and working with the
packing list, we were able to distribute all goods to where they were
intended. I learnt a lot about
myself with this process and learnt a
lot about letting go and letting God.
This year we were unable to fundraise with talks and garage
sale, etc., but we had donations made from the most unexpected people and
places. Frank and I laughed and said
we are either going out with a big bang or God's not finished with us yet.
Frank and I now talk about God’s sense of humor. We are never in control, nor should we be. We just need to live day to day and
see where we are led by the Holy Spirit. We now plan ahead ,but with open hearts for change of any kind.
God loves you so much He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the penalty all of our sins deserve.
God created everything and is in control and in charge of everything. He wrote a book (the Bible) to show us how to live and how we can have a relationship with Him and be saved.
We ALL have sinned. We all choose to disobey God every single day. That is sin. Sin separates us from God.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23
The penalty of sin is death.
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
Just as in a court, we wouldn't think a judge is fair if he just let's guilty people go free, God isn't fair if he just let's us go free. A payment must be made for the offence.
If someone is guilty of a crime and is given a million dollar fine or jail, and someone steps up and pays that fine, the guilty person is set free.
Jesus paid our fine, but at a much higher price, death. Something we could never do.
He died on the cross in your place so you could be free. Even when He knew you were a sinner.
Jesus paid the penalty for our sins
God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Jesus rose again proving that His death was accepted by the Father. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can be welcomed into God's family for eternity when we trust in Him.
It is a free gift that must be received by faith.
Believe on the the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Acts 16:31
He that hears my word, and believes on Him that sent me HAS everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation. John 5:24
Call upon Jesus today!
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you WILL be saved. Romans 10:9
None of us know when our last breath will be.
Today is the day of salvation. What are you waiting for? It is the best and most important thing you will ever do in your life.
Just pray whatever is in your heart right now.
Ask God to forgive you for your sins. Tell Him you're sorry. Thank Him for sending Jesus to die for you and ask Him to save you.
God knows your heart. You can't fool Him.
If you truly want to be saved - and call out to Him right now - He will save you!
Let us know you prayed