One thing I love to observe is how people serve one another. It can be the dad working long hours for his family, the mom up all night with a fussy baby, the senior visiting a sick friend, the young man opening the door or the volunteer folding clothing for a refugee container. Serving can also be the college girl taking spring- break to help with orphans across the world, the cook making dinner for hundreds of the homeless, the soldier serving his country in battle or the police officer patrolling the streets to keep citizens safe. The examples of serving can vary and go on and on. Much of the time serving can be uncomfortable, dirty, physically exhausting and even financially straining. It can also be fulfilling and give a multitude of God’s blessings.
We can learn this act of love from a servant girl of Naaman’s. She was captured from her country and taken as a slave to a foreign land against her will. We don’t know her name other than she was from Israel. What we do know of her is how she exhibited servitude and compassion. She had learned that her master Naaman had leprosy. She told his wife about Elisha the prophet and how God worked through him. Naaman’s wife told her husband that the servant girl said he could be healed of his disease. Naaman, who was the captain of the Syrian army, trusted what the girl said and went to Elisha, who did heal him of his leprosy.
“Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
What we can learn from this passage is that the girl showed a love for the people that God called her to serve. Even though she was in a foreign land and held against her will. Regardless of your age or circumstance, you are able to place your life in the hands of God and allow Him to work. God is doing, and will do, a great work in you in this world. He chooses to use different people, different ways to accomplish His purposes as they serve one another. How wonderful it is to allow Him to use us to accomplish great things for Him!
Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered with our Freedom 5K this past weekend! We raised over $2,500 for our Women's Ministry in India to rescue women out of the Red Light District! We are so thankful for God's faithfulness to our ministry and for all of our supporters and volunteers!
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”
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Please prayerfully consider joining us on our trips to many regions of the world evangelizing and creating disciples!
Closed Central American Nation Bible smuggling: September 11-17/October 9-15/November 13-19/December 26-31
Closed SE Asia Bible smuggling: September 19-October 5/November 6-20/December 15-31
India Women's Ministry: September 1-13/November 19-28
Romania Women's Ministry: October 24-November 7
Burma Children's Home: Medical Trip December 5-14/ Christmas Outreach December 3-17
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Reminder: Brent is now the head of the travel coordination for Vision Beyond Borders. If you have trip reports and pictures please send them to him. Thank you!
We are currently in need of more travelers for our Burma trip in December as well as our Central America trip in October. If you are interested in either of these trips please go here!
Please pray for the rest of the trips in 2019 as we have a busy schedule of continuous mission trips going on! Pray for safety for the travelers and pray that God opens many doors in the countries we travel to.
Please continue to pray for the children at Hope Development Center. They are in the midst of a heavy viral fever and the children continue to get sick. This has been going on for several weeks and the staff are very weary.
Praise God that our Pakistan Home is beginning to meet with children for them to start living there!
Praise God we have taken over 100 flannel graphs on our trips just in the last 6 months!
We are currently looking to raise more money for Pakistan Bibles as well as Venezuela Bibles for our ministry partners! If you are interested in donating to these two projects please visit ourBibles page here!