May NewsletterPosted on May 15th, 2015.
It was a long night and sleep was not my friend. About 3 AM I got up from bed and sat in my comfortable living room chair. My mind was cluttered with thoughts and worries. I began to sort through the things bothering me. As I listed them on a notepad, a calm began to take over my heart. I picked up my Bible. It was one of my mother’s Bibles that dad had given her about 40 years ago. It fell open to Psalm 37:8. Boldly, these words jumped off the page: “Rest in the Lord: wait patiently for Him to act.”
These words describe the wisdom and assurance God has given to us through this journey. We are on the final leg of furnishing the dorm. What we have been waiting for is so much closer and when our hearts get anxious we are reminded to “Rest and wait patiently for Him to act.
The furniture has been made and will soon be loaded into a shipping container and shipped to Tanzania. The container is expected to arrive in the port city of Dar es Salaam in about five weeks.
The Tanzania Assemblies of God will clear the container through Tanzania Customs. From Dar es Salaam they will load the container on a truck and transport it to Arusha, a distance of about 388 miles.
When the container arrives at the college, we will begin the process, with the help of the students, to assemble the bed frames, closets and desks and chairs. This will be the first time that the students will have a closet for their few belongings. Normally they have just used nails in the walls to hang their clothes. Every room will have two desks, providing a semi private place for study and devotions.
Recently, a friend told the story of driving past a billboard advertisement for a $60 million lottery jackpot. He sincerely prayed to God, “Lord, give me the numbers and I’ll give every penny to missions.” He admitted that he really believed God would give him the numbers. The Lord replied;
“If I thought gold could change the world, I would have sent gold instead of My Son.”
Treasure laid up in Heaven is our faith in Christ to do what He can do. The only things we can take to Heaven are people. You have invested and the result is that it will be multiplied over and over as each student graduates and takes the message of hope and deliverance to their villages and beyond.
Your monthly giving helps us operate the ministry. Your designated gifts go directly to the project to complete the furnishings and travel expenses for our upcoming trip.
Matthew 6:20-21 says;
“But gather and heap up and store for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor rust not worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal; For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally