Friday, July 5, 2013

The Flock Under His Care…..

Come, let us bow down in worship,
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
For he is our God
And we are the people of his pasture,
The flock under his care.
                                                                       Psalm 95:6,7

Earlier in this Psalm we are called to praise the great God who made the expanses of the heaven and earth and still holds them in his hands.  It’s amazing that this same God is the One who created us and continues to hold us and care for us, too.  We are clinging to this truth these days as John and I transition with our kids to a year of living in the US.  So many unknowns and changes for all of us, but especially our girls going off to college, and Joel hitting public school in 10th grade!  We are totally out of control, but God has us all in his hands, caring for us, his sheep.  This gives us hope.

It is also SO reassuring as we leave many beloved friends here in Kenya for the year.  They have many needs.  Some may not be here when we return.   But our gracious God is caring for them.
Joyce & her family
Like Joyce and her children… many needs health-wise and heart-wise.  We visited her today, and she genuinely wants to follow Jesus and be a good mom, but when life seems too hard, she reverts to pre-Christ habits.  We thank God that Jesus died to destroy the work of the devil, and we claim victory in her life, by His blood.  She and her family are under His care.
Betty, Peris & Linda
Like Betty and her family….  She came to Christ in 2006 and has had complete victory since then over her alcohol problems.   PTL!  During our last year of Home Ministry Assignment (2008-2009) her cow was brutally killed with occult connections.  Just in the last months God has helped her pray for deliverance from the evil influence on her life left over from pre-Christ days, and she is experiencing more peace and victory than ever.  
Philip & Anna
Like Philip and Anna, who are very weak physically, especially Philip.  He has had ups and downs in the Lord over the past four years, but is very much walking with Him now, as is Anna.  We put their fragile lives in God’s hands as we say good-bye to them for now, and maybe for this life… with assurance that we will see them in heaven one day.
Tabitha Bible study leaders
And the Tabitha Ministry Bible study Leaders – each has her own story, and her own set of personal needs at this time.  But each one is committed to following Christ and to leading others in the study of His Word.  We are so thankful they are all under HIS CARE!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 2013 Prayer Requests

Thank you so much for your support and prayers as we continue to serve the Lord. Please continue to pray with us these requests in the coming months.
1.  Pray for Peris who will lead the Tabitha Ministry during the next year.  Pray for a close walk with Jesus, and for discernment and patience in leadership issues.
2.  Pray that the 800 Bibles we need to distribute to women who have earned them will arrive soon!  And that each woman who receives one will read it every day and be nurtured in her walk with the Lord.
3.  Pray for the people mentioned in the blog post, that each will grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord.

4.  Pray for our family in the transitions ahead, that we will rest deeply in the fact that we are the flock under His care.