Monday, January 19, 2009

Winter in Ohio...

It's been a while since I last posted anything here. I've had a lot on my mind over the past few months. There have been changes at work that weren't completely expected...or completely a surprise. Some of you know part of the story. Life's been a little hectic. Sarah had a touch of flu last week and I've been fighting a sinus bug for almost a week now. Sarah's better and I'm finally starting to feel better.
It's definitely winter in Ohio...the -15 temperature earlier this week reminded me again of the fun of winter in Ohio. It makes me think about Mali. See, Weather Underground says they are experiencing highs in the 80's and lows in the 50's. I think I could handle that kind of weather much better than the cold here in Ohio. But, I guess I have to wait to see where God's going to lead me in the future. With my promotion at work, I get the feeling God has more in store for me here in Ohio...at least for a while. I've learned a lot in the past couple months about remaining faithful and trusting God. You know, sometimes, God's timing for something takes way longer than we want it to. I think we often try to make changes in our lives, trying to move God's timing up so we don't have to wait any longer. I've once again learned that we really need to just sit back and let God's roller coaster take us where it will instead of trying to take things into our own hands.
Sunday, January 25th, I'm supposed to be speaking/presenting about our trip to Mali last October (assuming the weather stays good). I would ask that anyone reading would keep me in their prayers as I try to decide exactly what God would have me say and what stories to tell. I want God to get His message across to the people at the church I will be speaking at.
Honestly, the main thing that still touches me is how much Malians give up in order to follow Christ. I've shared about this before, I think. See, families in Mali are very close and care for one another at all times. When a Malian accepts and becomes a follower of Christ, their family pretty much disowns them. They are basically losing the family they know in order to be a part of the much larger family of Christ.
I continue to pray for the hospital, missionaries, and workers in Mali, along with all the Malians who have accepted Christ. I also pray that many more Malians will come to know the Lord. My other prayer right now is for those considering going to Mali this year as a team from our church. I pray that God will provide for all their needs and calm their fears as they prepare for the trip. God is doing an amazing work through the hospital and missionaries in Mali. I pray that this work will continue to grow and help more people.
God Bless you all!