Buckle on Tight
Remembering to “buckle on tight” spiritually with the armor that Paul details in Ephesians 6:10-18 is easier some days than others. While seeking to evade thoughts that we ever live ‘safe from attack,’ we predictably encounter difficulties before a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) activities. Clearly, the enemy prefers that men and women not get thoroughly equipped in Christ to bring transformation house to house through CHE. Still, the reality remains that “The Battle Belongs to the Lord” (links to song). Our forced slowdowns in the week led us to share our confidence that no circumstance in our lives takes our Father by surprise. As Louie Giglio put it: “God has everyone and everything that’s surrounding you surrounded.”
Come and See
Verlin accepted taking the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine last week to enter Ghana for sharing during the CHE Internship. Unfortunately, one week later, he remains weak and needs to rest most of the day. Thankfully, the infrequent chest pangs he experienced the first three days, followed by much intestinal fluid loss, have ceased. Pray that he regains strength this week before traveling south to Abidjan thereafter for COVID testing before boarding a flight to Ghana.
Verlin’s feebleness also prevented a follow-up trip to the agricultural site. He canceled plans to mark the Farming God’s Way exhibition site(s) and teach a method to rapidly produce nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium (NPK) rich compost. In addition, Debbie pulled a muscle in her lower back, which significantly reduced her capacity to work. Finally, did we mention that our entry gate lock broke (keeping us imprisoned one day), a tire on the pick-up showed a slow air leak, and slowed Internet speed hindered important documents from reaching the States? Is there a way to buckle on tight two layers of the armor of God besides your prayers joining ours?!
Prayer & Praise
- 🙏 Ask the Lord to heal Verlin’s body and keep him symptom-free in the coming weeks. We do not want the reaction to hinder the training in Ghana. Pray also that Debbie affirms a maintainable combination of medicine, nutrition, and exercise to relieve her lower back.
- 🙏 Continue to pray for the upcoming CHE Internship. The first week is by Internet conferencing. The following weeks are completed through February in Ghana. Ask for wisdom and stamina for the trainers, their having Spirit-filled hours together, and safe travels for all.
- 🙏 Several of our medical missionary colleagues of the Christian Health Service Corps live in politically unstable places in the world. Pray for their safety and wisdom in decision-making about when and if to leave their mission fields. Pray that peace will come to these struggling nations so that the nationals can live without fear and the Gospel can more easily spread.
Verlin and Debbie
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).