From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. -Is.64.4
The Lord is my light . . . wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Ps.27
Learning to wait upon the Lord to save us, to renew our strength, or to grant us the desire of our hearts is not easy. It demands supra human patience, LITERALLY. It demands God in our lives providing a ‘fruit’ of His presence, patience. Such waiting truly grants rewards that are ‘out of this world!’ when God’s own accurately interpret when to wait and when to act. There are some who think that we must manipulate or otherwise coerce obedience with funds or recognition. We have been privileged to see otherwise as our Puritan and Pilgrimforbears learned. We are seeing a burgeoning amount of ‘fruit’ due to waiting for the opportune moments that God instigates in others’ lives.
Sunday, Verlin ‘accidentally’ met a pastor reforming his church to run with Discovery Bible Studies. His is the same idea as ours in training Evangelical pastors to establish a ‘new wineskin’ church together in Bondoukou. The pastor is a friend of him who moderates the fellowship of pastors there. Many have said, ‘It will never happen.’ God keeps smoothing the way. It’s happening.
An appointment was confirmed Monday with a third group of Baptists who will attend the November Million Village Challenge (MVC) and will likely adopt multiple villages where they will begin Community Health Evangelism (CHE) efforts. Verlin and a denominational vice-president met yesterday. He said, ‘We’re in,’ passionately. Only two months ago, in what seems a distant time, another had said they did not believe the group would participate. They are. Enthusiastically!
Tuesday, Verlin met with research staff of the public health and hydrology school at the University of Cocody in Abidjan to assist their development of a Master’s degree program. There are some who said not many years ago that sending a missionary without a Master’s degree would be ineffective in Cote d’Ivoire. Instead, we who are blessed of three bachelors’ degrees assist masters and doctoral students become more effective in helping their fellow man stay alive in difficult circumstances. Also, we believe we’re seeing the planting of a likely Church Planting Movement (CPM), or two, these days.
In summary, every day of the week had activity that God alone could have created for us.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” — these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. – I Co.2.9-10
PRAYER & PRAISE:
Debbie and Martine Fritsch arrived safely yesterday to teach in the annual CHE exposition. Pray.
Rejoice! The Ivorian HCFI visit to healthcare workers in Bondoukou started the process to begin a local chapter. During today’s phone call, a community leader rejoiced that Discovery Bible Studies began among health care workers in town. A national leader shared the visit to be a success.”Serving God outside of the
Scriptures is idolatrous.”
Luc Philippe Kouadio
Pray the Community Health Engagement/ Education/ Evangelism exposition again inspires health care professionals and administrators in training and from around the nation in how they can better sustain life, hope and healing within their national context by God’s grace.
Your partners in the Gospel,
VERLIN and DEBBIE