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Friday, August 26, 2011

Nehemiah's Steadfastness

We have been listening to a new series about Nehemiah from Heritage Bible Church in Boise, ID. We visited this church when we were in Nampa in 2009, undergoing evaluations at the MAF US headquarters, and really liked the Bible teaching there. Being able to access solid Bible teaching online is a great resource for us as the church we are attending currently is all in French. So, we're not understanding a whole lot on Sunday mornings so far! :) Anyhow, we didn't realize how fitting this series would be for us at this time, but it's evidence of God working and giving us messages right when we need them. The pastor talks about how Nehemiah is steadfast and perseveres to see the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem completed. Even though several obstacles come along his journey, he continues on--knowing that he must obey God and do His will. Satan isn't going to attack us with challenges and obstacles when we aren't involved in what God wants us to be doing. Why should difficulties surprise us when we are doing His will? The apostle Paul reminds the Ephesians, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Eph. 6:12.

Wow, French is a difficult language! We have completed our first month of French school, and it has been tough. There have been challenges during this first month that we didn't really anticipate, which we won't get into too much on here, but we are certain that God is using each one to draw us to Himself. I am also convinced that even if we weren't in Quebec City away from our hometown and close friends and family learning another language, on our way to Africa, God would still desire to mold us into the children He would have us be for His use and glory. There are difficulties and challenges in every season, everywhere. If there weren't, we wouldn't need God.

We are so very thankful for each one of you praying for us. Please continue to pray that we would each have the steadfastness of Nehemiah! It means so much to us.


Josh and Jocelyn R. Plett August 30, 2011 at 12:50 AM  

Keep on keeping on. Be encouraged that this is only a step on a long road and that in the end you will be gratefull for the time invested. Also the poutine there is great. I am continuing to anticipate your arrival out here but also need to be patient myself.