In Acts 17:27, Paul spoke of how God controls when and where we live, ultimately that we should seek Him. In a similar manner, David prays, “my times are in your hand.” (Psalm 31:15) Samuel Rutherford, the great seventeenth century Scottish Puritan put it this way:
“The Great Master Gardener, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in a wonderful providence, with his own hand, planted me here, where by his grace, in this part of his vineyard, I grow; and here I will abide till the great Master of the vineyard think fit to transplant me.”
As Emily and I arrived back in Phoenix to finish our time of raising up supporters, these expressions help focus our attention back on the fact that God is sovereign over where we are and how long it takes to get to where He has called us and that should drive us to Him. Seeking Him in prayer will not only bring us to the desired end but will bring fruitfulness in the mean-time.
Thank you for your prayers for us this summer. God has encouraged us and provided for our needs! Specifically, we’ve been blessed to find times in the Word and a place to stay here in the valley — with one of our supporters and one of Emily’s mentors from her Navigator days (see photo below). And we praise the Lord for bringing us safely back to Phoenix last week after 86 days, over 7,000 miles of travel, 113 appointments along the way, and lots of great times as a family.
Please continue praying…
• that we would be spiritually healthy in the final stretch of fundraising, (Jn 6:27)
• that we would be driven by vision rather than fear or budget (Josh. 1:9)
• for full funding in time to move to Window Rock by their Labor Day celebration (Lk. 14:28 & 2 Tim. 4:9)
Greg and Sue Jones have graciously opened their home to us while we finish up our support raising. Thanks, you guys!