One precious sight we enjoy is seeing our granddaughter Chelsea wait on the porch for us when she knows we are coming to her house for a long-expected visit. Since our visits are rare, we all are mentally “on tiptoe” in excitement to finally exchange hugs. Of course, the same anticipation abounds in greeting our grown children, parents, and other family and friends. Still, something is particularly endearing about the anticipation of a child.
Chelsea’s exuberant welcome reminds us of the heartfelt yearning we feel for our Savior’s second advent. When the trumpet sounds and He descends, will He find us eagerly waiting while busying ourselves on the porch? For us, the yearly advent season is a time of reflection and hope. We ponder the prophecies Jesus fulfilled by meditating on Isaiah and listening to Messiah. We marvel and accept His humility to tabernacle on earth and save us from sin. Finally, we surrender to His call to share His first and second advents with others. Come again soon, Thou Long Expected Jesus!
Missionary life is full of advents that get long-delayed by interruptions. This week included several visitors and other duties that overturned numerous plans. The visitors were a joy to welcome. They represented people earnestly seeking to improve their walk with Christ, wanting counsel or help reaching other people. Two visits will result in further CHE training, and one will assist a local church. The other time-consuming activities related to next year’s budget, negotiations with our landlord, and verifying how we can cite news articles in these updates that we send. We await “on tiptoe” to see how the Lord works things out for His glory and our good, even on mundane or grueling topics.
Prayer & Praise
- 🙏 May personal reflection during this advent season cause us to obey Emmanuel completely. May it also reignite our fire to share the truth about His second coming.
- 🙏 Pray for the church that Verlin begins training in the use of Discovery Bible Studies tomorrow. It is located about an hour from our home. He will give testimony, sign-up those with whom to model the process, and then, for about six weeks, help congregation members begin groups.
- 🙏 Remember Christmas outreach efforts all over Cote d’Ivoire during this season. Pray that many new people will be introduced to the Savior.
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).