January 20th, 2011
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts.”
– Corrie Ten Boom
We have shared extensively about the blessings, mercy, and grace that God has showered on Touching Lives Ministry over the past two years. And rightfully so; we know that no individual could have brought us to the extraordinary place we find ourselves in such a short period of time. Our awe and love for God has grown as we have had the privilege of watching Him do what only He can do.
Yet, it would be a disservice to others who are “stepping out of the boat” to follow God’s calling if we were to ignore the challenges that He has allowed along the way. You see, the blessings have impacted and changed the lives of those whom we’ve been called to minister, the difficulties have changed our lives. Some of the trials have been:
- We believed that God had called us initially to India, but He closed that door.
- We then believed that God had called us to a different village in Kenya, but He closed that door.
- On three separate occasions little ones have gone to heaven.
- God has directed us to reschedule missions.
…all in a two year time period! At times we’ve felt like a robot that has run into a wall. And each time God has whispered, “Turn.” Each trial has been a crisis of faith. Each trial has, once again, proven God to be faithful. And by God’s grace, each trial has been a faith-building source of growth and learning.
But be encouraged, fellow “water walkers”, in Nahum 1:7 God’s word tells us, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” We have a trust worthy God! Even today God has provided the resources and manpower to put a fence around the site of the medical center. We have seen the “birth” of a prayer team with many who are fasting and praying every “Mountain Moving” Monday! Our medical mission to Kenya is set for November 1-15 and many are answering the call to be a part of that ministry. A generous donor has pledged a matching-fund donation up to $40,000 for all gifts given between now and September 1st, opening the door for us to breakground and begin construction in November. And the Touching Lives family is learning, growing spiritually and in numbers, and experiencing the peace that only God can give.
If you would like to become a part of this family you can: contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive our weekly praise/prayer updates and join our prayer team; download a mission application from the Missions application page ; and visit the Donate page of the website to see your financial gift instantly double.
Certainly there will be more blessings…and challenges in the future but it is our response to God’s ability that will change lives. We’d love to have you join us as we take this spiritual walk on water!