The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise. – Pr. 11:30
Routine Mettle Stiffens Mental Resolve
Right living forges life-giving, winsome mettle. While it sometimes challenges us to write weekly updates, the routine keeps like-minded persons informed and resolved to see God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven. This week took extra effort on our parts. Debbie was caught in the grip of a nasty stomach virus, and Verlin met with a doctor to confirm that an earache had resolved after we finished our swing to see ministry partners in GA, FL, and AL. Making that trip helped stiffen others’ mental resolve to do good along with us. Several let us know that their souls were refreshed by the content of our mission report(s) and illustrated by our acts undertaken to win souls in Cote d’Ivoire and here. In both places, we are privileged to serve with co-workers who pursue God whole-heartedly. Right living with perseverent routines stiffens us to act in good faith.
Reliant Mettle Strengthens Loving Action
God Himself aligns creatures to do His good works, but He seeks willing partners rather than automatons. He melds servants’ mettle to their needed forms by the Holy Spirit, encouraging them to face any challenge through the Word of Covenant. Debbie took heart and warning from the history of King Asa this week. In different wars with enemies, Asa had to choose whom he would rely on. In the first instance, when his outnumbered army faced a million Ethiopians, he faithfully sought the Lord first. “It is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name, we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee (2 Chron. 14:11). In response, the Lord gave Judah a stupendous victory.
Later, Asa relied on a different person to bring the king of Israel, Baasha, in line. Asa paid the king of Syria with gold and silver to halt Baasha’s incursion into Judah. He got the desired result, but at a high cost. The Lord’s prophet reprimanded Asa for relying on a foreign king instead of relying on God for the victory. During the remainder of his reign, he suffered war instead of rest.
Similarly, we each must choose whom to rely on when we seek to strengthen ourselves. While it is tempting to turn to family, friends, or professionals for help or advice or lean on our own strength and understanding, the Lord is the reliant One. He melds others of good faith to join together as needed. He strengthens us with ministry partners whose loving actions support and refresh many. May the Lord multiply our joint efforts of loving action so other right-living souls will learn from Asa to rest and rely on the Lord when their challenges arise.
Prayer & Praise
- ???? We appreciate the Lord’s watch care as we traversed Florida from south to north with stops in Georgia and Alabama along the route. Pray that our safe travels and encouraging visits continue.
- ???? Verlin’s airline ticket is purchased. He anticipates leaving Dallas on March 7. The departure location changed to let us wrap-up some administrative details for the family sooner rather than later.
- ???? As of January 29, there have been 27,695 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cote d’Ivoire and 151 deaths. This link provides statistics for the neighboring nations, too.
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).