Not knowing what the next step is, is honestly, stressful.
“When I first heard The Lord speak to me about going into the mission field, I wanted to know exactly what His long-term plans were. My desire to understand what was in store for me soon blinded me from His desire for spontaneity. It took me many (thank goodness minor) mistakes for me to realize that His true plan is like the Bible says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7.
With the calling that God has placed on your life, the feeling of not knowing what the next step is or what is up ahead can be expected. In Psalm 119:105 it says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The verse says, “a lamp unto my feet.” It is a light for your feet so you may see your next step. It doesn’t say, ‘Thy word is a map,’ so we may plan every detail of our journey.
If God showed us everything, where would the fun be in that? If we knew every step ahead of time, how would our faith be built up?
Walk with Him in intimacy and faith daily, because practice makes perfect, and having faith and a relationship with God is no exception.
Be clueless. Trust Him. Have fun. He will give you a greater adventure than you could ever imagine.”
Above is a quote from my blog’s “About” page written over a year and a half ago. I guess it is good to reflect on the words of the past, as they often ring true throughout your life.
One week ago, I found out that I had 3-days to leave the country of Greece, or else I would be there illegally. My application for an extension of my Greek visa had been denied. It had nothing to do with me and more to do with the fact that immigration continues to tighten with refugees continuing to flood Europe. Because of this set back, I had to leave the Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS).
The disappointment of not being able to see the DTS students to graduation after coordinating the school up to this point was stomach sinking. But as God does, He works all things for the good of His Kingdom.
I am now back in Harpenden, England (I have a 2-year visa for England, so I am safe), and working on projects that have been neglected for the past month, as I have been caught up with the DTS. The “plan,” for now, is to work on YWAM Ships Training (soon to be renamed) and to finalize and publish the website within the month. There are a lot of other marketing, communication, and training development things happening as well, but I won’t bore you with the details (if you want more info, please email me).
My plans to come visit Kansas City are still happening! I will be there from August 20th until the 28th-ish (still not confirmed, dependent on how well fund-raising goes).
The big push right now is finances, and praying for more partners in the mission. If I do not raise $500 more per month by the end of August, I will probably have to resign from the mission field (I am loosing my biggest supporter in August). This is not me being dramatic, this is a fact. Any help you can give helps the mission! $500 can be just five people giving $100 per month, or ten people giving $50!