“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
Currently I am in beautiful Colorado, in a little town outside of Colorado springs. I am here as part of a missions training school of which the program focuses on preparing us for long-term missions. There are 39 of us adults and 34 kids, the largest group for this school! This time is INTENSE, yet I’m SO thankful and blessed to be here, learning and sharing with a wonderful group of like-minded people.
From the very first day, the tears came. To be surrounded by others who have the same desire to share/give their lives as a testimony of their faith in Christ, and a desire to express this hope and love, is priceless. We all are going to different countries, through different organizations, ministering in different ways, yet all have the same heart/mind/purpose: to know God and make Him known. And that picture looks different for each of us! We are each given new opportunities every day to be a light in the darkness, love for the unloved, hope for the hopeless. And to be able to do this, we need to seek God, ask for his help, and move forward despite the trials, discouragement, distractions, and any other thing which tries to snare us (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Going back to the first verse I shared, I must agree that this part of the process is difficult, painful, undesirable, and usually takes longer than we would want! But in just a short time here, I have become very aware of my weaknesses, shortcomings, and things in my life/past that have attributed to this. And in this place, I’m asking God to help me, to bring healing, strength, growth, fruit, new hope, new love for others, and a new vision even as I venture out into some known but more unknown. I ask that you, too, would join me in praying, to allow God to work in/through me, but also pray for the others at my school, for the hearts of those in our future to be prepared to accept the truth of Christ, for us all to realize that we may have such a greater purpose in this life here on earth than we’ve yet imagined!
I am excited to continue my journey after this time in Colorado. To go to Ecuador, where God put a desire in my heart to be long ago. But even now, I’m thankful and.excited for what He is doing today, despite all the evil and uncertainty in the world. (Psalm 112:7) May we draw near to Him. Be encouraged on your own journey!! There’s more to come(:
“O Lord, my God, I have cried to You for help, and You have healed me.”
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed…”
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits; and in his word I hope.”
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you.”
“Yet God my King is from old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!”