Hangin' Out in Karongue

Hangin' Out in Karongue

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Take a moment to read this...

Here is a very convicting and challenging quote that I came across today from New Testament scholar D.A. Carson. Take a few moments to read this and then ask God to help you to live it.

"God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort. He more greatly delights in the integrity and purity of his church than in the material well-being of its members. He shows himself more clearly to men and women who enjoy him and obey him than to men and women whose horizons revolve around good jobs, nice houses, and reasonable health. He is far more committed to building a corporate “temple’ in which his Spirit dwells than he is in preserving our reputations. He is more vitally disposed to display his grace than to flatter our intelligence. He is more concerned for justice than for our ease. He is more deeply committed to stretching our faith than our popularity. He prefers that his people live in disciplined gratitude and holy joy rather than in pushy self-reliance and glitzy happiness. He wants us to pursue daily death, not self-fulfillment, for the latter leaders to death, while the former leads to life."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

It's Worth It

Though we are extremely excited about our new ministry and what God holds for our future it would be a lie to say that the last two weeks have not been hard. It has been tough saying good-bye to dear friends. It was not easy to take most of our possessions to the auction to get rid of them. It was difficult finding a new home for the dog that your kids grew up with. These have indeed been challenges for us.

I was talking with one of our children this week and they were honestly telling me how hard all of this was. And I could totally relate to what they were saying because I was feeling all of the same things. But then we together tried to get God's perspective. And we talked about how glorious it is to share the Good News of Jesus among a people who have never heard. We thought about the worth of the people of southern Senegal in the eyes of God. We discussed the precious treasure that is the Gospel and how God delights in us giving it away. In the end we were reminded that it's worth it.

That has become our family's slogan over the last week: "It's worth it." Because it reminds us that no matter what the sacrifice may be, in light of eternity and the Gospel and the unreached peoples of the world, it is all worth it. With that perspective it begins to feel like less of a sacrifice and more of a gain. And that frees us to do hard things with joy.

Matthew 19:29 "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life."

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Moving is Hard" - by Thea

Anybody can figure out that moving is hard. Everybody knows that. Especially for an eight year old girl who has spent five years of her life in Jerome, Idaho and suddenly she's moving to a whole different continent.

So what does she think?  She thinks that she has been given the opportunity of a lifetime, but she thinks it is going to be the hardest thing of her life. It turns out that girl is me.

Since reality is real what are we facing? We are facing hundreds of people dying each day without hearing the name of Jesus once. We are facing kids dying from diseases every day with not one word of the Gospel.

Some people are called to go, some send, but everyone is called to do something. I know it's hard to go and to send, but that is called sacrificing. And that's what we need people to do for us: pray and be a sender.

Thea Boyd - eight years old