Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Battle is the Lord's

Bill, Robert, and I will be heading to Peru today.  We will be there for a one week mission's trip.  But the spiritual battle actually started weeks ago. 

First, our national missionary, Cayo, was in an accident almost 3 weeks ago.  His driver lost control of the vehicle and they both went over the side of a mountain.  Cayo got snagged by a tree branch by the computer bag he was wearing, but broke a few bones on the way there.  He is recuperating, but not fully recovered.  He is our point contact for this trip.  Please pray for full recovery and that he won't overdo himself.

Next, the father of the wife's host family for our Florida stay had by-pass surgery.  Everything looked fine and she came back home only to have to leave again 2 days before we came down.  But the rest of the family has been gracious enough to let us stay and things have worked out.  Please pray for Linda's father, whose name escapes me at the moment, that there will be peace in whatever the outcome.

Then we received news that Sam's father-in-law had kidney failure and his wife had to go be with her dad.   Sam is another man who will be coming down to kick off the Bible Institute in Los Angeles (Peru).  Things seem to be stable with his father-in-law and he is planning on going.  Please pray that his father-in-law will recover and his kidneys will work properly.

The last (current) blow was news that a friend from our church has stage 4 cancer.  They found this out after she gave birth to her 3rd daughter last week because she had a broken collar bone.   She is only in her mid to late twenties.  I think this was the biggest blow.  We had hopes of this family coming to stay on our property as Believer's Bridge hosts/caretakers.  Please pray for their whole family that God give them His peace and if His will, that he completely heal Kristi.  That all their needs be met during this very difficult time.

Even in light of all these events, we are still sure that the battle is the Lord's.  We are His vessels.  We can't give up or be dismayed or discouraged when the enemy throws things at us.  In our weakness, God's strength comes through.  Please pray that our human weakness allows God's strength to shine through.  And as I can, I will try to keep folks updated. 

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. "  Ephesians 6:11-13

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