Sunday, November 17, 2013

Erin Pfleegor, Long Term Missionary

This has been quite a challenging few years with preparation for going to a foreign mission field long term. I didn’t realize what God had in store for us during this time. I knew it would be “difficult” but it has been more so than I had imagined. It has been a time of definitely seeing & remembering God’s faithfulness. We’ve gone through circumstances and struggles that have made us wonder if we should stop pursuing missions. Is God trying to tell us to stop this journey of getting to the foreign mission field? Or are these struggles intended to strengthen us in the Lord? It has made me think of what it says in I Peter 1:6-9—
“In this [salvation] you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it be tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
I’ve struggled during this time with knowing and understanding where the line is between using godly wisdom in making decisions and just going ahead, trusting God even when we don’t “see” how it will work out! Even when it “seems” impossible! Is there a certain line between trusting God and using wisdom? This has been an amazing time to see God working! In so many ways, we have seen things that have happened that could ONLY be from the hand of God! And then we’ve had the blessed opportunity to share with others these amazing acts of our faithful, all-powerful, loving Heavenly Father! We see how God is providing in seemingly small ways that are only strengthening our faith and character for even more difficult times. It will be difficult leaving the U.S., where we are surrounded with friends and family members, to go to a new country, surrounded by many “strangers” who do not trust Jesus. We are going in order to bring the Fame of God’s Great Name to a people who do not know the One True God. Among the people we are reaching out to in Suriname, there is only 1/3 of 1% who are evangelical Christians! We are giving up many of our comforts, but that is nothing, for the sake of the lost and them hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ dying for sinners such as us!
Also, we know that God has a purpose for this support raising process taking so much longer than we had expected. God is good and his ways and timing is perfect! Should we doubt Him? Should we question what He is doing? Is He teaching us? Is He growing us during this time? He has proven Himself faithful in so many ways! Even when we don’t see how it’s going to work out, we are going to keep trusting Him and keep pressing on through this journey!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5 & 6)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Can you pray for us? - December Mission Update

To our faithful partners we would like to ask you to pray for us. We apologize for not getting more information regarding the December Mission out to you. Here are some specific prayer requests that we will share with you and we will follow up with another post that will include detail of the work that will be completed in Mexico.

First, please pray for Pastor Candido, his wife Sara, and children Ismael and Abdiel. Ismael will be serving as a translator for the first time. He is studying English as well as other subjects here in the United States. Abdiel is a student in what we would consider "middle school" in the United States. Pray for them that they might be encouraged because they have a desire to reach their community with the Gospel. The family is very gifted musically and they use this to reach out to others in their area. Please pray that they might be strong and fearless as they minister in an area that has been ravaged by war for many years.

Second, please pray for old friends who might join us. There are people from the village of Centenario and other areas that we would like to see come and stay with us that we might continue the task of making disciples. This will present some logistical challenges but we are excited about the opportunity.

Third, please pray for our team members. Pray for unity and vision. We will share about their tasks at another time. Pray that they might raise their funds for the trip. URGENT NEED - We really need a nurse to be able to attend with us to managed a medical clinic to be conducted at the church building. As soon as possible we need to raise $575.00 for this to happen. Would you pray that this might be raised, and as The Lord leads would you mind contributing to this effort?

Finally and most importantly, we pray that The Lord would be glorified in this time. Pray that we would be our vision and our very great reward.

Thank you friends. Thank you for your faithfulness over the years. Thank you for your partnership, your love for Jesus and His church.

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