The boy who jumped over the wall for food

This post was written while we were in Chad.

I got up very early this morning, thirty minutes before the Fajr prayer time (which is one hour before sunset). Last night, the winds and the rain were violent, and the lightning and thunder were fairly close together.

Garibou boys; photo by Mary Newcombe

photo by Mary Newcombe

So I shut off the solar system, and read a book or two on my handheld and fell asleep.

As I worked at my desk this morning, there was a tall twelve-year-old boy, walking around in our yard! YIKES! This isn’t supposed to happen!

I fearfully but loudly yelled out the window, asking him what he was doing here. With a pleading voice, he told me that he was at the Madrasa (Qur’anic school) up the road; they hadn’t any food for a while. Their Qur’an Master was visiting the fields, and had left him and his fellow students to fend for themselves. He was told that there was a “nasara” (foreigner) in the home here, and that he would give him food.

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Bothersome interruption

This post was written while we were in Chad.

I have been fixing Sarah’s desk from Guéréda, and it is coming along well. The wood glue that Steve Banks terapeak.com swift rivers puzzle no interruptionrecommended is really working well! Now that I’ve finished the 500 piece puzzle of Swift River, this has become my latest puzzle to try to assemble! The result will also serve as a model to show to our carpenter friend in town for the other desks for the girls.

Our first interruption began earlier in the day. While we were having church, I looked out the one-way window in the living room, and saw two boys about 9 years old, wandering through the yard, looking around. So I quietly went out the front door, and started chasing them. They were terrified! they ran into two directions, so I kept pursuing one of them. Up to the road, he ran and hid behind a young man who pleaded with me on his behalf. Of course, as a Christian, I couldn’t severely punish that boy. I just wanted him to never jump over the wall again. I think I got my message across.

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Faith in God takes us further

Lessons learned at my first missions conference

Ever since I had obeyed the calling God had placed on my heart, things started moving in the right direction. I had completed my Bible School training at Faith School of Theology, and my linguistics training with the Summer Institute of Linguistics.  My linguistics studies brought me from Nashua, New Hampshire to Grand Forks, North Dakota by Amtrak train, and to Horsleys Green in England, then finally to Dallas, Texas.

I was 21 years old, and had gotten it all done.  I only needed to raise the support necessary to go to Chad, Africa. It was my first missions conference ever.  I still remember the church: Lyndonville Baptist Church, in Lyndonville, Vermont.

It was and interesting experience, representing Wycliffe for the very first time, but I felt a little out-of-place. While I attended this conference, I arrived with about a dozen of God’s seasoned servants whose combined years of overseas service most likely exceeded a century. They represented SIM, New Tribes and other mission agencies.  I felt small and insignificant beside them. Their stories and knowledge left me amazed.  What did I have to offer beside these giants of the faith?

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God’s Gift of Resources

Building a Business God's Way, Part 3

Once God has helped us lay a foundation of trust, wisdom and integrity for our ministry or business, it’s time to take an inventory of what He has provided to carry out the task.

Wisdom continues His speech in Proverbs 8:

“When there were no depths, I was brought forth;

when there were no springs heavy with water.

Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth;

before He had made the earth and the fields, or the highest part of the dust of the world.”
                                                                                                              – Proverbs 8:24-26 (LITV)

After the rules of how the universe were established and put into motion, God provided natural resources for those who would live on the earth.

Why are natural resources so important?

The wealth and strength of a nation depends on its natural resources, and how they are used.  That is why every nation keeps a careful record of them.

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Building a foundation of trust

Building a Business God's Way, Part 2

In our last article, we talked about just a few of the ways that God’s has been woven into the Laws that govern His Creation.

Life on earth is so fragile.  Everything that lives depends on the rules which Wisdom established.

If gravity were too strong or water did not float when frozen, life could not survive here.  But God is wise, and put everything together in a way that causes it to balance well.

So, in today’s article, we set up the business by taking the first step Wisdom used to establish the earth:

We start by building a wise foundation

laying a solid foundation of trust. Photo from the Library of CongressGod gave us a model of how to successfully “create” something ourselves, be it a business or a ministry.  As with God at Creation, wisdom must be at the foundation of all that we build.

Wisdom was the foundation of Creation.  Likewise, we need to depend on the Holy Spirit to help us set up a system of wisdom at the foundation of our business or ministry.

“But this shall be the covenant that I will cut with the house of Israel: After those days, declares Jehovah, I will put My Law in their inward parts, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Jeremiah 31:31-33).

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