Learning to Abide

God has been reminding me again that one reason he had us stay was to take some dedicated time to draw close to him.  Both of us can see how this will give us a greater spiritual reserve to minister in Rwanda. Grace got a story handout at Sunday School recently and I was reading it to her this morning. In the story, beginning in Luke 10:38, Martha was busy getting things done while Mary was sitting and listening to Jesus. When Martha complained, Jesus replied that Mary had chosen the “better” set of actions.

Jesus Visits Friends

Jesus Visits Friends

For many of us,  sitting at the feet of our Lord does not come naturally. However, this seems to be a common theme in both of our quiet times with the Lord. Recently, I (Nick) was meditating on the passage where people have been invited to the wedding banquet but no one shows up (Luke 15). They are invited again to come, but choose to pursue business and the busyness of life rather than to celebrate at a banquet. God seems to be preparing us that it isn’t just about doing the Lord’s work but also setting work aside for time dedicated to resting at his feet, enjoying his presence and abiding.

Jesus invites us into his presence, to cease our business for an important time of celebration and learning with him. He says,

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

I know I sound like a skipping record, but again and again God brings up this lesson.  Would you pray for us that we would learn what he would have us learn, and become the people he is molding us into?

Waiting for Baby

Our brave 3 year old on a climbing wall.

Our brave 3 year old on a climbing wall.

As I type this on Wednesday November 4, we are still waiting for our baby girl. Our doctor is so pleased with Krystal’s and baby’s health she does not feel the need to induce Krystal any time soon. We might have to wait as late as November 14 to meet her! This is good news and an answer to prayer, and probably better news as we have plenty of preparations for Rwanda.  We believe that it is because of your prayers that Krystal and baby are doing so well.  Thank You!

In Rwanda

Gary and Laurie Scheer

Gary and Laurie Scheer

Today, our friends and colleagues Gary and Laurie Scheer, after 7 months in the US for medical care, have returned to Rwanda. They are both excited to be back in the swing of things, and our team is grateful to have their friends back, healthy, and to have more hands on deck to help with the ministry. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers!  And in 11 days, Gary teaches one of the final classes for our graduating 4th year PTS students: The Kingdom of God.

Also, for five weeks, our CLIR students will receive instruction from a guest science teacher, Paul Steinmeyer. Pray that he quickly “gets” Rwanda and his students.

Update contact information

If you haven’t done so recently, PLEASE click here or the “update” link at the bottom of our email. It is a multi-step process, but we rely on your prayers and don’t want miss the connection.  With your accurate mailing address, we will send you our Christmas letter.

Financial update

A few of our supporters have had changes in their life situations and have needed to withdraw their commitment to support this ministry financially. We need to get back to 100% to travel to Rwanda. Pray for God to raise up three or four more people to give financially to this ministry.

Last prayers

Pray that:

  • We will be able to accomplish our Rwanda “to do list” before baby comes
  • For the birth of our baby girl -continued health of baby and mom and for the birth as a whole
  • For Grace who has had and will continue to have many big changes coming her way (leaving family, friends and school, becoming a big sister, packing or leaving behind most of her stuff and moving to Rwanda).  Poor girl is sick tonight.
  • God would arrange the perfect plane tickets for us -we are having a hard time finding a time to rebook our donated plane tickets over the holiday season, please pray that tickets would open up for the perfect time
  • That we would continue to use this time to practice abiding and that from that this time would bear fruit both here and in Rwanda

One thought on “Learning to Abide

  1. Hi Nick And Krystal!

    Been thinking of you so just retread your last email to us. We rejoice with you that the pregnancy has lasted long enough so that baby can be full term. The lessons on abiding are crucial. Great to hear your perspective on this.

    Has the baby arrived yet? How are you feeling, Krystal?

    Have you been able to rebook your tickets and if yes, when are you to leave? We would love to visit you before you leave. We’re trying to figure out when might be a good time. Any ideas?

    This is our last day of our Macau, Hong Kong trip. ( And we spent some days in the Philippines visiting our son Daniel’s family!). It’s been full of Paul’s teaching, preaching, counseling, and encouraging for which we thank the Lord.

    With love and prayers, Diana for Paul too >

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s