Rebelle and I are excited to be a part of Vision Baptist Church’s annual mission’s conference entitled The King’s Command. Pastor Austin Gardner is a dear friend and mentor to me, as well as head of our mission board. God has used him greatly in my life. I remember when I surrendered to be a missionary to Japan, I had no idea what to do or how to do it. It’s amazing how God places people in your life to help prepare you for what’s ahead. I praise the Lord for many of the people that God has placed in my life, and I would love it if each of you could make it to the conference this week on the 15th through the 18th. For more details click here.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Deputation sure is a lesson in trusting the Lord! I’m trusting Him for getting meetings, preaching, traveling expenses, support, and preparing for the field!
When you call 9 hours and don’t get a single meeting you start to realize that you have no control over whether or not you even reach the pastor let alone get a meeting.
Looking back, I praise the Lord for days like that. For these are great experiences for the missionary as he must move forward in faith and continue to work and trust God for the results! This continuance comes soaked in prayer, asking the Lord to provide where He has guided.
Then you have days like today where the Lord gives you 3 meetings in 3 hours and it’s like He is saying, “I know of your needs better than you. Trust me.” And so we continue in faith.
Is. 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He came for no other reason than you and me. He died to pay for our sins. He was wounded that we might be made free! I can never comprehend why He would ever love me. Why He died on the cross for us, but He did. Some ask why I would go to Japan and spend my life telling them about Jesus. It’s rather simple. 2Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. I cannot escape the unfathomable love Christ has for me and for the entire world. I would go anywhere for Him, because while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me. I gladly pledge my life to whatever cause He has for me. He loves me, and I cannot imagine doing anything else than serving the one that loves me so much. If you don’t know the love of Christ, write me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) today and I’ll explain how you can. I just want to tell the whole world that Jesus loves you, and He loves me. Thank you Lord!