When moving to a third world country you certainly can expect trials, tribulations and a few obstacles along the way. And come to find out opening a bank account, getting internet, finding a good used car were only a few of the small barriers that we would face. We recently received a mesage from a missionary friend of ours stationed in El Salvador. “Destiny attracts attacks!” What he didn’t know about this timely message was that we had indeed been feeling the heat and the water rising.
The myriad of moments that happen daily seem to be more vivid, move more quickly, and the needs more urgent. It’s as if all our senses are on high alert and the awareness of those around us is louder. We are quieter. Our life is significantly slower in contrast to life in Texas, but our days are full and pass quickly.
We find ourselves in a constant state of sifting our thoughts. We want to tell you EVERYTHING but…What do we share? Will it move you towards Jesus? Is it authentic? Am I boring you out of your mind? What’s appropriate? Some things we simply cannot share because of the privacy of those with whom we work, minister and serve.
For those of you that follow Heart for Africa on Facebook, you may have seen that Ian and Janine Maxwell’s home on Project Canaan was robbed in broad daylight on a beautiful Sunday morning as we were worshiping just down the road. This certainly made us take a step back and question our safety and security. Babies continue to be rescued from a life of utter despair and yet there is the one that is immediately taken to the hospital, with severe malnutrition, while suffering from stage 4 AIDS. Heartbreaking. And yet there is still the hope of a better tomorrow for this little guy.
Barry and I have both had our own personal struggles. We miss our family and friends terribly. I have suffered from severe migraines for weeks now, but know I love a God that heals! Barry has been on medication for many years for a seizure disorder and fortunately has not had a seizure in over 14 years. However, due to side-effects of his medication, he was forced to stop the medication altogether several weeks before our departure from the U.S. At that time, they ran tests and checked him over, and assured us that because he had been seizure free, the chances of recurrence were minimal. The thought of Barry having an episode clear across the world was not a pleasant thought for him and scared me. Having seen the condition of the country’s medical facilities previously was not a comfort to either of us. Although concerning, we would not let fear or worry deter us. God orchestrated this move, and gave provision. We were going and as my Grandma Beth would say, “Come hell or high water!”
Unfortunately, four weeks ago, while attending a men’s conference (with Nate and our friend, Ken) in nearby, Mbabane, in a foyer, full of unfamiliar faces, Barry had a seizure. He was embarrassed and it was awkward but thankfully, there were several doctors also attending the conference and they knew what to do. Nate was there but did not see it happen while the other boys and I were at home without a clue. Barry had even driven to the conference that morning. Thankfully, God provided protection. The disturbed, panicked look on his face when he walked through the door was terrifying.
As you can imagine, many thoughts raced through our minds. Some thoughts were fearful, full of dread, and what-ifs. Flooding thoughts, questioning God and our call crowded our hearts. Did we misunderstand God’s call to Swaziland? And wait… what we would say to our family?
THEN came the whisper of the promise. The “thought” God had planted deep in our hearts, sprouted up through the many questions and He cast His brightness and the fear dissipated. “I got you, baby girl!’ Well…that is how I heard it, but His word says:
“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My Name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him, and let him behold My salvation.”
Look at all those I WILLS! Look again. And again. YES! I AM STOMPING MY FEET!!!
Why are we surprised at the enemy’s attacks? We should expect his “schemes” and suit up for battle.
“Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to STAND FIRM against the schemes of the devil.”
Why are we surprised God is faithful? We should KNOW Him. He always holds up His end of the bargain. Every problem has a promise attached to it. Every negative, a positive. Every trial, a provision. It’s His jam. The way He works. Sometimes, we just need reminded.
“The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 1Thessalonians 5:24-25
P.S. In case you are wondering, we absolutely LOVE this place. NOT ONE REGRET. Thank you for loving us, praying for us and giving with your BIG, generous hearts!
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