Wednesday, September 26, 2007
What I am doing now? I am teaching preschool two days a week in Katy, subbing occasionally, and spending a lot of time studying!
What is next? Glad you asked….because I covet your prayers!! I am going to Richmond, Virginia on TUESDAY (Oct. 2nd) for the IMB Matching Conference. That is the time where I will possibly be matched with a specific job with the IMB (International Mission Board of the Baptist Convention). It is still my prayer that the Lord will provide me with a job in Kenya, although there are no qualifying jobs on the official board at this time. If it is His will for me to be there working with the IMB, He can do amazing things and work out all of the details. Regardless, I pray that I will be open to His will above my own selfish desires!
So here is my prayer request: that the Lord clearly show me His plan for me in this season. I pray that my eyes will be open to where HE is leading, and that if He wants me to serve somewhere other than Kenya, that He will give me a desire and a calling for wherever He is leading. I claim Isaiah 30:21: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” May I clearly hear His voice above all else.
If it is not the Lord’s will for me to serve with the IMB, I pray that He make that abundantly clear to me, as well. I know that He will guide and protect me in all circumstances, as I submit my will to His.
Thank you to so many of you who have been asking about me, and to those who have been faithful to pray! It has meant more to me than you’ll ever know! I could certainly use your prayers in the next week and a half!!!
In addition to the Philippians 1:6 verse that I posted about earlier this week, these are a few verses I am praying and claiming now… (I may have posted some of them at other times in the past few weeks.)
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)
“Many are the plans in man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Thessalonians 1:11-12)
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you may abound in every good work.” (II Corinthians 9:8)
“May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.” (Hebrews 13:21)
Monday, September 24, 2007
and it has beautiful sunsets and sunrises!
Kris and her mom and I spent this weekend in
I love when God reminds me of a favorite verse and brings it to life with a whole new refreshment of His promising Word! This weekend God reminded me of Philippians 1:6. “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” How wonderful! He is not finished with me, and He will not abandon the works of His hands! (Psalm 138:8) Isn’t it great to know that wherever we are in life, God’s work in us is not complete…but He IS working – working in us, through us, and around us! A verse that we may say so often, but sometimes fail to realize its great and eternal promise!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Back in April, when I first felt permission for God to go forward in pursuing full-time missionary service, He spoke to me through Isaiah 30:21, saying, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice in your ear saying, 'This is the way, walk in it.'" I have continued to claim that verse at each cross-roads I experience.
I think God continues to speak as that voice in my ear through the "little things," the bread crumbs in my path. Last week, just as I was thanking Him for meeting my personal needs of friendship and social support while in Kenya this summer, and praying that He would continue to bless and cultivate those relationship, I checked my email and had FOUR emails from Kenyan friends, and these were not the regular people that I correspond with.
Then, I sent some pictures to CVS to be developed. When I went to pick them up, I heard the photo guy talking to customer in an African accent. It sounded just like a Kenyan accent!! But, I didn't want to be the stereotypical American and assume it was, so I wasn't going to say anything. But, as I stepped up and told him I needed to pick up pictures, he said, "for Trena." Hmmm. Then, he brought them back and said, "You were in Kenya?" I said, "Yes! Where are you from?" "Nakuru." (a town northwest of Nairobi) What a blessing! I had been considering doing the international student ministry that was introduced in our Sunday school class a few weeks ago, but I think God just gave me one specifically saved for me. He is a student at UofH. He told me about a group of Kenyan friends that get together periodically and said that he would call the next time they do. That was just this weekend, so I will look forward to seeing what kid of doors the Lord opens through this. I have been praying about opportunities to learn more Kiswahili before returning.
On Wednesday, I started the Chronological Bible Storying class at the church. I have heard about the program being used in rural Kenya, Sudan, and Zambia. (It's used all over, but I had heard of it through those places.) Anyway, when I went in, I met (re-met) Peter Swann and another couple (I forgot their names) who all served with the IMB! Peter knew all of the missionaries I knew in Kenya! It was a great encouragement! As we talked about the ISC process and ministry placements, he totally understood my thought processes and desires. Again, another bread crumb of encouragement.
God continues to bless me each and every day. I am now LOVING being at home and enjoying the opportunities He is giving me! I will have to update on that later. This post is too long already! :-)