Hello dear friends,
There is an adage called Murphy’s law that claims, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.
In our ministry, we often face events & circumstances that bring this saying to mind! Things seldom go as smoothly as planned, and sometimes it even seems as though God is testing our patience & fortitude. So, this week let us share about some recent “trials”.
“In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world.” (John 16:33)
A few months back, a visiting team helped us build a ground-water irrigation system. It worked great—we pumped water from a small canal to water a garden and keep our Moringa Tea trees producing during the dry season. But now the long drought in Thailand (over 10 years) has dried up our water-source.
“The nobles send servants for water from the wells, but the wells are dry…The ground is parched and cracked for lack of rain; the farmers are afraid.” (Jeremiah 14:3-4)
Here you can see part of the garden…so beautifully green & healthy in January. But Now, the plants are brown. Nevertheless, God blessed us with many delicious tomatoes!
“So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.” (Psalm 126:6 The Message)
For several years we’d been putting a little money aside monthly, hoping to buy a used van for our foundation. Then, last year, we found a used 1999 van (similar to this one) that fit our meager budget. We bought it for a low price, knowing it needed some minor maintenance…or so we thought!
Well, this photo is our van. It’s been in the repair shop for nearly a year! The transmission needed parts only available from Germany, and at every step of the repair process, another delay for parts has kept us waiting. Last week the mechanic finally gave it a test drive, and (Murphy’s Law) one more thing broke. Now we’re waiting for another part from Germany. Still no van to drive, but we remain hopeful. “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36)
HOWEVER…Even during trying times; while living through circumstances which could be stressful, or lead to frustration, “Our hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus Christ, our righteousness”.
During this dry season, the air is polluted with heavy smog from farmers burning the dry fields. This news photo is in Chaing Mai.
But in the morning, above the smog, God may still be seen in the beauty of His creation.
“You have allowed me to suffer hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up” (Psalm 71:20)
Especially today, we cheerfully rise above and beyond our earthly cares to celebrate our risen Savior! Hallelujah …
Grace be with all of you,