|Sometimes I have had trouble planning what to do
I have often wanted to write to you all to ask you to pray about this. Somehow each time in trying to write, I would just get stuck. Sometimes I would even get the blog page open and have the cursor sitting blinking, but I wouldn't know what to write. What exactly should I ask for prayer for?
[If you don't have time for the full story, you can just jump to the prayer items at the end.]
Thankfully, even though I didn't know how to send this prayer out, God knew my need and was sending help. You can join me in thanking him for Christy, and her unfailing stream of encouragement when sometimes (okay often) I have brought discouragement home. Also, thank God for James, who helped me to realize that some of these feelings might be coming from unrealistic expectations of myself. Thirdly, you can thank God for our amazing director (my boss) Tom. He helped give me some really practical ideas for how to get away from the things that make me tired (like my computer with its endless e-mails and budget pages) to the things that energize me (like my colleagues in the office).
|The path behind our office where I walked today
But God wasn't done with the Izere language. Through a couple of unexpected contacts, we are suddenly in touch with people who are interested in Izere Scripture Engagement. They would like us to come and meet with their pastors and talk about how they can use the Izere language to make their ministry more effective. However, somehow, each time we have attempted to set a date it hasn't worked out--now for almost three months!
Today I picked up the phone to make a call and see if we could arrange to meet. But I found myself stuck. I wanted to call but I just wasn't sure which dates to give. Should I give earlier dates, since we are eager to finally make this happen? Should I give dates a month away, in hopes that Linus, our colleague from Ogoja, would be able to come? I decided to get up, and and just walk around the outside of the office praying. (I don't mind the exercise either!)
|Prayer and joy! (Yes, I really do wear clothes like this!)
Please pray with me that prayer and joy will continue to be a daily part of my ministry!
Pray that Christy and I will be able to send these prayer updates more regularly.
Pray that our printed/email prayer letter will start coming frequently again (every two months is our goal)
Pray for God to give me vision and good expectations of what I should be doing each day in the office, at home, and in our neighborhood.