“Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.” (Adlai E. Stevenson 1900-1965)
We are always involved with change. Sometimes we plan for it; most times we’re caught by surprise. For instance, we plan for beneficial changes to improve various aspects of our ministry. In our lives we’re hopeful of changes– ones that will be signs of spiritual growth and maturity. In our homes, we pray for changes in the children and the family as they grow in faith. So, this week we’ll look at a few recent changes.
At our Happy Hearts Dorm, house parents Lek & Nui (top row center) must work through the sadness of a change in their dorm—young Referee (highlighted on bottom) is leaving to join his mother to live in another town.
“…God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.” (Philip 4:7)
We have an exciting change in our foundation staff—a Christian lady named Grace, has come to work as our social-worker. We’ve been waiting a long time for God to bring us a Christian social-worker.
“I know that I will live to see the LORD’s goodness in this present life. Trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 27:13-14)
There will be a change in our College Dorm. We have also been blessed to learn that another young hill tribe girl, named Pring, will come this summer to live in our FHF College Dorm. She’ll be needing a kind sponsor to help with college tuition. “My mouth’s full of great praise for God, I’m singing his hallelujahs surrounded by crowds, For he’s always at hand to take the side of the needy,” (Psalm 109:30-31 The Message))
This is the dry season, when the air quality is awful because millions of acres of farm & grassland are set-ablaze to clear dry vegetation and prepare for summer planting. We’re praying for a CHANGE (improvement) in the air quality. A local news-story reported that many fire-trucks in Chiang Mai were spraying water into the air…a desperate attempt to reduce the pollution. Didn’t work!
“Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved;” (Mark 16:15-16)
Changing seasons always influence which bugs and varmints become active. The hot-dry temperatures brought this large scorpion out on our driveway looking for food.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart…So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (Psalm 14:27)
The prospect of change usually makes us uncomfortable, but as we’ve shown today, most of the changes happening in and around our families are good.
“Seek your happiness in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desire. Give yourself to the LORD; trust in him, and he will help you;” (Psalm 37:4-5)
We pray for all of you who are going through changes – may God give you peace and grace and patience enough to shine brightly for Him.
Grace and peace be with you in Christ,