Change is such an interesting topic. It is exciting, scary, uncomfortable, challenging, etc. We learn so much when we are willing to change. I once heard a saying, "If you are not willing to yield to the will of God, why should God show you His will?" God, please continue to change us I pray. Less of me and more of you. Change....Some things we like and others we find we dislike. Often it is a time when we are weak and we must rely on God to be strong. What a wonderful place to be in...total dependence on God.
Change - moving to a new country! Karen is leaving for Chile early tomorrow morning. She will be gone for 3 weeks. She is excited and nervous. She will be looking for a place to live, finding stores, learning new Chilean Spanish, meeting new people, learning the area, and have days filled with training for her new Job. Pray for her. Pray that someone will be there to show her around and that the training will go smoothly. Loren and Karen will be preparing to move from here on out...all in addition to continuing mission work full-time until they leave August 2nd.
Change - a new healthier lifesytle! Pray for Loren - we will be here scouting new areas to travel too and working on medical team suppplies etc. However, the main thing we will be focusing on is Loren's weight. He needs to loose around 40-50 pounds for the IMB medical check-ups but also just for his health (He gained weight after and injury that kept him down for several months). Pray for us these next 3 weeks as we will fast for a few days and then go hard with exercise and good nutrition (Obviously it will take more than 3 weeks but this is just the start). Pray for self-control (for me too...you know I love my sweets). Pray against injury as we train. Loren has bad knees and ankels and his weight is a big stressor on his body. Pray for wisdom for me on how hard to push him.
Change - learning a new language! In addition to training Loren these weeks I will also be in training in the evenings. Carolina and Noelle (sisters) will be trading off living with us for the next 3 weeks. They will be taking me through language school in the evenings. Pray that the Lord will open my mind to understanding Spanish. Pray that I will learn what God desires for me to learn to share the gospel wherever He leads me while I am here. I am learning a little...but of course for me it seems too slow. Also pray that I will be a good example of Christ to Carolina and Noelle -young women of 24 and 18. I am excited to have them here. They both know some English so I will be able to help them with that also.
Change - GET A JOB! There is an 18 year old young guy, named Elmer, who has lived with Loren and Karen for a while now to go to school. Many schools in the smaller mountain villages only go up to the 5-8th grades or so. Elmer is a sweet guy. However, he has no real ambition to do anything. He is going to be forced to move out in May. He has no job training or desire to get any. 1st of all pray for his slavation...he knows alot about God...I am just not real sure he has a realtionship with God. Pray that he will have a desire to be a man of God.
Change - Missionaries! As I mentioned before IMB missionaires will be leaving Nicaragua in the next few years. Pray that the Lord will raise up Godly Nica men and women to continue to spread the gospel. Pray that the Lord will put us in contact with those that He is drawing to himself. May the HS go before us as teams come in.
Change (Matthew 6)....I tell you, do not be anxious about your life...are you not of great value to me..... I, your heavenly Father, know all that you need. So seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.....do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.