No Complaints & No Regrets

Hi friends and family.

Sorry I haven’t written updates for a while. Life has been so busy here! Busy with what? Let me explain. 🙂

I’ve been really thankful for the work I’m getting to do here. It’s not what someone would typically think of “ministry,” not face-to-face, straight up evangelism. But, I know that what I’m doing is furthering the work of ministry here in the Middle East and that makes me joyful. The organization I’m working for plans on reaching out to over 160,000 children, youth, and families in the Middle East between October and May! I’m planning out a strategy for them to accomplish their goal of reaching this many people with God’s word, truth, and love. It’s been fun to be behind the scenes and to support a ministry that truly loves the Lord and loves His people.

Shouf Mountains Lookout

I’ve also been connecting with as many churches here as possible! There’s been one church in particular that I’ve visited many times. It’s amazing to hear their testimonies of how they lived their life before they came to Christ and how they’ve been transformed. I’ve been so encouraged by the believer’s hunger to know God deeply here. I haven’t met a single Christian who just accepts their salvation and keeps living; everyone I have met really wants to know God intimately and make him known to others! The passion of the churches here is amazing! Despite being mocked by family and co-workers, despite the threats from different radical groups to destroy the church, despite the insecurity of the country, the believers here choose Christ as their solid rock!

These past few weeks have been a time of the Lord purifying and making me new. We went up to a monastery in the mountains two weeks ago and spent time in solitude seeking God and listening to him. He revealed so many things in me that keep me from him, but at the same time he kept reassuring me that his love is so deep. I’m so thankful the Lord never leaves me in the middle of sin, but he brings me to a place of repentance. And when I repented and pressed in to hear more from God, he told me that he’s been purifying me; he’s made my heart clean and open and now I just need to receive from him. What could be better than that?! I don’t have to work at making myself “better,” Christ makes me a new creation as I worship and love him.

Look up Psalm 92:12

Look up Psalm 92:12

So, I’ve been here for a month and I’ve definitely seen the good, bad, and the ugly. Both with the Middle East and within myself. The Lord keeps reminding me of his truth- the Gospel. The one anchor that frees me from dwelling in the highs or the lows. Today, I am refreshed by his goodness and the generous joy he gives me. I pray you will experience the same!

P.S. Yes, I am still loving the Middle East! 🙂

This view mesmerizes me everyday when I wake up.

This view mesmerizes me everyday when I wake up.

 

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Prayer Requests June 18

Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for me, our interns, and the ministries we’re working with here in the Middle East! I can feel your covering of prayer.

I wanted to update you all on some new prayer requests.

This week there is an amazing conference going on nearby for Christian leaders in majority Islamic countries. All of the information from the conference is confidential but there have been some amazing testimonies and conversion stories from it. I talked with one of these ministry leaders yesterday, Ammar. He is a youth pastor in an Islamic African country. He is passionate about seeing young people in his war-torn country come to Jesus and spread the Gospel to their friends and family.

Please pray for him and the other pastors who are attending the conference. Pray protection over them and their family. Pray for open and accepting hearts in the villages, cities and countries where they are proclaiming the Gospel.

Please pray for a deeper spiritual foundation to be laid in interns’ hearts this summer. As we do ministry in various forms, attend church and small group, may the Holy Spirit reveal more truth about who he is and set it in our hearts!

Please pray for our health because many of us have gotten sick with allergies or other strange illnesses.

Thank you again for praying! Great things are happening because of how you’re supporting us in ministry. 🙂

How many crosses can you see? This is the view from the balcony of the city's largest mosque. It's pretty amazing that even from a place of Islamic worship, Jesus' sacrifice is still the center of attention. :)

How many crosses can you see? This is the view from the balcony of the city’s largest mosque. It’s pretty amazing that even from a place of Islamic worship, Jesus’ sacrifice is still the center of attention.