With faith that the Lord our God is faithful and sovreign, we continue to serve him as long he allows us to have this amazing privelege.
Unfortunately, we just recently found out that one of our sending churches has decided to close its doors- causing for the loss of a great family and for half of our financial support. It is another challenge for us to put our faith in God. He has always provided, and if he wants us to serve him here we know he will continue to provide for all of our physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Just as he will provide for the needs of our dear family members who were a part of this church body.
It is also unfortunate that things here at the center, and with the mission board, continue to be under tension. There are important decisions to make and the enemy wishes to divide God’s servants, so that these decisions cannot be reached. Yet, just as with our finances we continue to hold to the faith that God is in control and in the end it is His will that will prevail over our own stubborness or unwillingness to change/see our errors.
It is furthermore unfortunate that the house we have found is still not ready and that they continue to lobby for a price that is above what we would like to pay. Yet, in faith we have begun to put all of our things in boxes and move them to Modugno (storing them at Gianluca’s parent’s house). We know that God will provide the way and in His timing. And we look forward to the blessings that this new home will bring us. They are doing a lot of work in it and it will be nice to just move in and enjoy being closer to the church and our work in the city.
All things in faith…
In faith we will also begin our Mission i6:8 school and take 3 more trips this year! God is truly blessing the Mission i6:8 ministry. It is touching the lives of the young people here in Italy and through these young people it is blessing the lives of believers, missionaries and the lost around the world.
In faith we will also be continuing to develop the couple’s ministry at the local church. The premarital course is going wonderfully and each couple testified, during the class last week, how much the course is challenging them and helping them to change! We are looking forward to the upcoming one day retreat with these couples and to further developing this ministry in order to bless all the families of the church.
In faith we live each day, and each day God provides us the faith we need to affront each aspect of that day…both the positive and the challenging. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Our hope is Christ, for we are convicted that he is in control and that he works for the good of those who love and serve him.