Thursday, June 16, 2011

Philippines Prayer Update

As a little girl, I dreamed of being a missionary's wife.
Being a missionary wife to a guy like a "modern day" Hudson Taylor, Nate Saint or Jim Elliot — all three who are missionary heroes of mine.

Two years ago I spent three weeks in Thailand.

Inwardly, I told the Lord as much as I loved the mission field and as much as my heart had a place there, that I didn't want to go back overseas again without a husband to serve with. (Shallow thing to say, yes?)

In just those three weeks in southeast Asia, I experienced lonliness and feelings of inadequateness like I never did before. I found myself stretched beyond myself in areas of speech. I couldn't converse in conversation with ANY of the natives in their native language. Even if I could've, I'm not naturally a great speaker or an outgoing person. When you're in a place where everyone speaks a different language than you do, you especially feel so much more self conscious about your speech! (or the lack thereof...)

It was on my return home flight from Thailand — as I made my way across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo, Japan to Seattle that God had something to teach me. The Lord brought my attention to Exodus 4:10. Moses said to the Lord, "O my Lord, I am not elequent... I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." I had NEVER seen that verse before, and for so many years, I had told the Lord the same thing Moses did. I'm not talkative enough! How can I possibly be involved in ministry and be of few words? We find the Lord's amazing answer in the verse following, "And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." I remember sitting there in my airline seat, and a chill ran down my spine. The Lord created my mouth! God created me to be of few words. No, I don't know why He made me to be quiet, but He did for His purpose and His plans. Being outgoing doesn't matter. But it is important to use the words that I do speak [whether few or many] to glorify my King. He will put words into my mouth and speak through me when He wants to ... because it's in that moment that only He is glorified, and not me.
And so, here I am.
I'm going overseas again. [And whatdoya know, I'm single! (ha! yeah right, Leah!!)]
I am learning that the LORD is my sufficiency. I am complete in Him! I have everything I need IN HIM.
I'm going over to the Philippines to teach the gospel.
I will be giving several 20 minute teaching sessions to groups of college students... to crowds possibly up to 300 students!
Am I scared? You bet!
Am I nervous? Um, hello, I'm as nervous as a cat!
Am I worried I will fumble over my words and totally mess up my gospel presentation? Absolutely!
But I'm also SO excited. So much so that I have butterflies in my stomach. [the happy kind.]
Why you ask? Because I know that God has called me to serve in the Philippines this summer.
I know that if He's called me to do this, he will equip with just WHAT I need just WHEN I need it.
So I have just 3 weeks to go!
Will you continue to pray for me?
1. Pray for me as I'm practicing (right now) giving 20 minute gospel presentations, and that I would be fully prepared with a presentation by the time I go.
2. Pray that the Enemy and his forces would be bound back in ALL of this.
3. Pray that I would rely fully on the Lord for everything that I need.
4. Pray that I would be able to sell a computer and photo backpack (that I'm currently trying to sell) as SOON AS POSSIBLE, to enable me to get what I do need before I leave in 3 weeks!
Update: Praise the Lord! I sold the computer on Monday, June 20th, and the photo backpack the very next day! God is good!
5. Pray for continued financial support. My support level is at $761 (of the $2000 total needed.)

6. Pray for the souls of the people in the Philippines and that their hearts would be hungry, open & ready to hear the Gospel.

7. Pray that I would be HIS eyes, hands, and feet in the Philippines!

8. Pray for SAFETY and for health for myself and the other 4 people that I will be going overseas with.


1 comment:

Vicki McCormick Photography said...

Prayers! May God use you mightily and bless you and those around you!