Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Interesting year - Open Doors - Ask Seek Knock

It's been an interesting year.  There's that word 'interesting' that people use when they talk about my book or my life.  Makes me laugh... nervously.

I remember at the beginning of this year, a friend asking what vision God had given for the new year.  I thought about it for three days and came to the conclusion that there was no vision.  We had been toiling the soil and planting the seeds the previous two years and this year was one to watch God do His thing.

Our annual mission to Ghana was the largest to date.  In fact exponential growth by a factor of three.  Any time a ministry experiences increase, it's a good thing and we're thankful.

Some how in the aftermath of this growth, we've felt a gnawing for more.  Which is dangerous.  The last time I prayed for more (which I added and please don't send me to Zimbabwe, for fear of spending the next 30 years of my life in Africa) I went to Swaziland on my first mission to the African continent.

So, we wondered, do we tarry?  Do we just keep doing what we were told to do some years ago?  Be obedient to the last instruction until further notice?  Some what perplexing, but ask, seek, knock and you will be answered.

We were more than willing to continue but laid out a fleece and had some specific areas in mind.  One being Kenya, another being India.

Well, once again, be careful about what you ask for.  We were contacted by a friend who is a full time missionary in Kenya and that door has opened wide and we're going through it without reservation.

We see the door for India and someone is there doing research already and the way I see it will be our guide there a couple years down the road.

Does this mean the door to Ghana is shut?  Absolutely not.  In fact, we just today spoke with a gentleman that drills wells in Ghana and have requested him to contact our folks on the ground there and see if we can get some villages some much needed access to clean drinking water.

It may be that we have groups going to Ghana and Kenya alternating years, or simultaneous or one after the other in the same year.  We'll follow God's lead and timing in all of this.

We're excited and ready to expand our territories.  People every where need to be empowered to purify their source of drinking water.  To restore their health and have Hope for the future.

I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:41

I pray, you Ask, Seek and Knock.  That you are prepared to go where God leads.  I promise there is no better plan for your life.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV