God’s Great Love and Patience

Grace and God’s Love

Through my daughter, Grace, God teaches me about his steadfast love and patience for me, and my own immaturity. Recently, I cut a slice of peach for Grace. When I noticed she was eating around the skin, I cut the skin off of the next two pieces she got. I tried to take the first piece to skin it, but she got defensive. “NO! It mine!” She squeezed the peach slice tight in her little fist.  I had over half the peach left, but she didn’t see that. She saw that I was taking the peach out of her hand.

We read in Romans 8:28 and 32, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose… He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Grace at 23 months

Grace at 23 months

Yet we do not trust him enough to offer him our peach when he asks. Do we not know that it will come back better, or if not that he has something better in store for us? He does not need our peach, per se, but wants us to give it up before we can receive a blessing.

What We Teach

As we’ve met with many of you, I’ve shared that my work will be giving these pastors “vocational training”: New Testament, Old Testament, Church History, and Theology. But there is more. In the next few months, we’ll have classes on spiritual warfare, false teaching, and Sunday school, but also raising children (especially important considering the number of Rwandan parents who were themselves genocide orphans). Check out the school calendar here.

The challenge we face is to teach the truth of the Bible applied to the context of Rwandan life. We aren’t teaching American Christianity, or American culture. But we let the truth of the Word challenge Rwandan cultural understanding and practice. Our purpose in being in Rwanda is to help the Church there function as the Body of Christ.

Latest from Rwanda

We have mentioned before that our group is building more classrooms to make room for our new Bachelor’s degree program. My friends recently posted about the progress.

“At this point, it looks like we have enough funding to finish the plumbing, electric, septic, walls, and roof. This is huge progress! What remains? We need to finish off the rooms by plastering walls, installing electrical fixtures, coating the floors, putting glass in the windows, and building a ramp for second-story wheelchair access.”

Construction site mid-April.

Construction site mid-April.  Work has continued.

If you’re interested in contributing, go to www.worldventure.com, and donate to account 6402905, Pastoral Training Center Construction.

How to help: Lots of Ways!

God continues to amaze and humble us by the specific ways he calls people to partner with us in ministry. When we meet with people, we specifically ask them to pray about being a partner through:

  1. Prayer
  2. Finances (Occasional or Monthly gifts)
  3. Referring us to others (friends, family, coworkers, pastors) who might want to hear about this ministry
  4. Hosting a dessert for a group of friends
  5. General help and encouragement.

Take a moment.  Pray over this list.  Is God leading you to partner with us in one of these areas?  If so, let us know.

Over 250 of you receive our emails.  We are blessed that this ministry that God has placed on our hearts, He has also placed on your hearts. We are blessed to have each of you.  Our prayer is that God will bless Rwanda through our work, yours and ours.

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Nick and Krystal

PS. I will preach at Oak Bay Baptist Church in two weeks.  Pray for me as I prepare a message, and join me there on June 22, at 10:45.  Here’s the address:

1314 Oak Bay Road
Port Hadlock, WA 98339