Tuesday, October 7, 2008

He who promised is faithful!

The preparations begin!
We’ve set a tentative date for the first week of January to leave for Haiti. There are still so many things that don’t make sense, so many places where it looks impossible to the human eye. We’ve set before us Genesis 12:1 as “our verse” for this new adventure in following God.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
And we believe that this is the Lord speaking to Amos and Natasha saying, “Go. Leave your country, your friends and your family and go to the place I have for you.”

Some things still make me nervous.
1. The language. I can sing a few songs in Creole but more than that? Nothing.

2. My work there. It was Amos who was asked to go. He has all the abilities they need and at times I feel a little confused… what is expected of me? If it is just to go and support my husband I feel confidant in doing that. However, I somehow doubt that God will make it that simple for me! It would be easy for me to do that in my own strength… and God has been impressing the verse in 2 Corinthians upon us lately:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

3. My health. I’ve had some major health problems over the past year. Part of me wonders at leaving all doctors and trained medical people…

But then! Oh, then… I think of Christ’s redemption. I think of his miracles. I think of his grace. And the solution I come to is this:
God shall not be mocked; men will reap what he sows.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.


Chantel said...

He is faithful, my friend. :)

You'll be in my prayers as you take this step. God will never fail you!

Anonymous said...

Amen, He is faithful and He's been tweaking his plans for you since the beginning of time.
I'm so excited that you've set a departure date, especially if you think you'll still be able to blog while you're there. Will you? I mean, God and electricity willing?
As far as the language, it comes easily with immersion. It is very simple to learn creole, but that doesn't mean that communication will be easy. An English speaking person usually finds creole to be insufficient for communicating the way we are used to. For example, you may think you're confused if the word for "he", "she", "it", "her", "him", "his", "hers", "its" and "read" all sound the same, but you're not confused! They're all the same word!
And as far as health, as you certainly know, God is in control of that too. My older sister is diabetic and God brought us home right as she began experiencing her firs symptoms. She was diagnosed a couple weeks (or less) after we returned to the states. I can't imagine what a diabetic would do living in Haiti. He knows what he's doing!
And he knows the plans he has for you (Jeremiah 29:11) specifically. Your roll will work itself out.
God Bless,
Everly Pleasant