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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lord, Why Us?

Often when we meet with individuals and share a bit of our testimony, we mention that overseas missions was never part of our original plans when we were first married. In fact, it's probably safe to say that we were hesitant to apply with MAF because even though it felt like that was what God wanted us to do, we weren't fully convinced yet that we wanted to! Oh how we hold so strongly to something for fear that God would ask us to do something we wouldn't want to do. But the truth of the matter is that when we surrender our plans and expectations, God will change the desires of our hearts so that we will want to follow His leading. So now more than ever we are truly excited about following Him to Madagascar, even though we know the journey won't be an easy one. 

This process of sharing the ministry with individuals and inviting them to join our team through MAF has been awesome training grounds for the field, I think. It has given us the opportunity to watch God's hand work out things that are really out of our control. As He continues to bring the funds in, we are stepping back and saying, "Really Lord? What did we ever do that you want us to join you in this work?" I can only go back to the very reason He sent His Son to die for us---He is a gracious God, and it really has nothing to do with us in the first place. It is all for His glory and everything He does is for Him!