I was doing a study this morning as part of facilitator training for our church’s women’s ministry called Friend 2 Friend. We’re going through a book called “Growing in Christ” by the Navpress. I’ll be willing to confess that I wasn’t all that thrilled to be asked to go through it. I mean, I’ve been a Christian since I was 19 (wow, is it really almost 30 years). This is pretty basic stuff, I thought. I was reminded that even the most basic stuff is what we need sometimes.
We’re still anxiously awaiting news from Haiti. We know that four or five dossiers from our orphanage have received presidential dispensation in the last two weeks. We still do not know which dossiers. Why? Because as soon as this news was received, Haiti began to erupt in political violence. A prominent police officer was killed prompting riots throughout Port au Prince. In addition, seven kidnappings took place. A group of 50 ex-military men stormed parliament demanding back pay. A prominent governmental official was accused of killing a store owner. The list just goes on and on…..
As I went through this study this morning, I was reminded again of the battle that is taking place in the spiritual realm in Haiti. There is active opposition to children coming home both spiritually and in the natural world. As much as I have written about this spiritual battle, you would think that I would have been girded and praying and engaging in that battle. Instead, I heard these were signed and have been fretting and pestering the director of the orphanage trying to get any information at all, to no avail.
Lessons from today:
1. Don’t stop asking in Jesus’s name
John 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
2. Ask according to His will – I John 5:14-15
3. Abide in Jesus, trusting in Him, reading and applying His words. – John 15:7
4. God’s answers to my prayers will be great and mighty, beyond what I ask – Jeremiah 33:3 and Ephesians 3:20
5. The wrong reaction to this uncertainty is for me to become anxious; the right reaction is to keep asking God with thanksgiving. - Philippians 4:7
6. When I do, He will give me peace and guard my heart and mind. Philippians 4:7
I’m thanking God today for the reminder.
Prayer Requests for the adoption this week:
- Those with dispensation will be told this week.
- Dispensations will be published in Le Moniteur even this week.
- Files will exit IBESR by Friday next week.