The living, breathing God gave me a Rebecca-specific miracle, not long after reading Romans 8 this morning. It says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
Sunday, my compassionate friend asked how things are, and I just started crying. (It’s one of those life seasons.) She asked how she could bless me, and I told her I didn’t even know what to ask for. (“We do not know what we ought to pray for.”)
Last night, I told Aaron and God I was so overwhelmed. I didn’t know how I was going to handle this week.
A friend of my sister’s (I’ve only met her 4 or 5 times) brought her son for some landscaping work we’re having him do. She texted after dropping him and asked if she could come to help me with my business or anything, housework, etc. for the hours she wanted and needed to fill until her appointment because of the not wanting to go home to Vancouver in between.
She spent not only those 3 hours helping me but also forewent her afternoon plans to help me finish my laundry, interact with my kids, and finish sanding my magnets for me while I wrapped up various little jobs, fed the kids lunch, put away my laundry (IN DRAWERS, EVEN!). Plus, she took time to encourage me and help build me up spiritually.
You can’t say to me that the God of the universe doesn’t hear prayers when He literally sent a woman I barely know to my front door to ask if I could give her work to do around my house and for my business when since the weekend I have been in agony asking Him how I was to accomplish so many household chores, watch kids, and work endlessly until my festival this Saturday, for Him to just help me know what to do and how to do it.
I may not know a lot of things, but I know this is not how life usually works out. I didn’t know how or what to ask for or from whom to ask it, but He knew I literally needed someone sent to my front door to ask ME if I could let THEM do some of MY work.
Praise Jesus is all I know to say. The LORD be glorified. Because, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen!
Romans 8 from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…
Added Note: Last week I was able to meet with Rigoberto face-to-face in Vancouver, WA. Thanks to Mark Olander who gave Rigo a ride down from Olympia and to my son-in-law, Ben Sadler, who drove me to Vancouver for the meeting. The most recent update is that Rigoberto and his son, Juan Carlos, are leaving their families in Olympia for reasons of safety and are now traveling back to Managua to check on the condition of their home and see if conditions have improved in Nicaragua. Please pray for their safety and their wisdom as they plan to continue the work there and in Central America. And please pray for the political climate in Central America to settle down and return to peace, so that they can continue to preach the Gospel and plant new churches.
As 1 Timothy 2:1-4 commands us, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority (this includes Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista party of Nicaragua), so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
And then there were three….
As the Goheens and we have prayed and evaluated the church planting work ahead of us, our own capabilities and weaknesses, and the future needs of the future Kaje church… we have felt the need to add on another family to our team. So after months of prayer and emails we finally had two weeks of long discussions about theology, church planting strategy, philosophy of ministry, parenting, gifting and abilities, personalities and more (Basically speed dating), and now we are excited to introduce you to the newest members of our team! The picture below is the Meyer family (not to be mistaken with the Myers family). They are Christopher, Lillie, Linda, and Silas. They are Germans, but we try not to hold that against them :). We love them and can’t wait to get them moved into Kaje so they can begin learning the Kaje Language and culture. Be praying for them as they prepare to begin purchasing solar equipment, lumber milling equipment, plywood for floors, screen for windows, corrugated roofing iron, water filtration, water storage tank or bladder, pipes, a stove etc. They have a lot of planning and transition ahead of them!
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