The changes in life style, habits and ministry could not have been foreseen before COVID-19 came upon us. Most of our team had plans to train in various parts of the world this year. As travel shut down, it became obvious that Jonathan and Randy had to return from S. E. Asia. We realized that future trips this year were not going to happen.
Disappointing? YES! Not just for us, but for those who were expecting us to come and prepare them for indigenous expansion of the gospel so they could reach the last unreached people groups in their part of the world. As we have remained in contact with these leaders, we remind them that God is working something through all this that is much greater than the problems we face.
As I have spent time in prayer and in God’s Word, there is an unshakeable sense in my heart that God is preparing us during these “stay-at-home” days for a sudden expansion of the gospel to the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). How is this preparation going to happen?
I have referred before in this blog to Acts 16:6-10. We might say that Paul and Timothy were disappointed that they were “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the Word in Asia” (16:6). Wasn’t that Paul’s calling? We are not told exactly why they were hindered, but several days later, Paul had “a vision…in the night; a man of Macedonia was standing there urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (16:9). The Spirit was directly involved in their travels.
This is not a time to become self-focused, downcast, or diverted from our calling in ministry. It is a time to draw close to the Lord and the Spirit and let them prepare us for the next move. When the time is right, they will give clear directions. We will discover that they have prepared the next assignment while preparing us. GET FOCUSED ON WHAT GOD IS DOING TO PREPARE YOU!
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