Wednesday, December 16, 2015

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” ― Max Lucado

I had a wonderful break yesterday having been invited to tea with one of the best missionaries here (been here even longer that we have) and her children.  I’ve written of her before because she had to go back home for cancer surgery, chemo therapy, and just as soon as possible returned here to continue God’s work with her husband—a truly wonderful Christian man I was honored to see ordained here.  The family will be traveling back to Australia next June to take care of severely ailing parents as I would only expect of such loving people.  I asked her if some years in the future when things were sorted, would she consider returning here.  She replied, “We’re young you know.  Just how old were you when you first came here?”  Hoist on my own petard, but it just goes to show their commitment to their work here.  Had a brownie so good I had to go to confession later.  Really enjoyed my time there.
   On the Juliana front, she showed up yesterday and went to work outside doing everything we had lined out for her to do.  No yelling, no loud talk, and very polite to the other workers.  We still have not seen Charlini and don’t know if we will, but at least this bodes well.  Only time will tell if there has been a major change, but we suspect someone or several people had a long, hard talk with her.  We will wait and pray.
    Another piece of good news came with the information that the new president would not be turning the Bunda Teacher’s College into a university but would keep it cranking out good teachers.  We have four there now who did not have to transfer to Tireme after all and will graduate in two months.  This means that we will be able to send more poor, needy, but bright and motivated Christian students to become teachers.  I got an email yesterday that said enough money has already been raised to send four more next year.  We are overjoyed.  This has been one of the really good programs we have been overseeing and are truly grateful to the kind and giving folks from Cornerstone UMC in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Like my grandmother said, “No storm last forever and there are sunny skies outside at the moment.”  Our faith, and yours is bearing fruit.  Thanks be to God, who is good all the time.
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