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Monday, September 17, 2007

Still Small Voice

Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed really stupid? I'm not at all suggesting that He is somehow deficient, but the things He asks of us can sometimes make no sense. At least this has been my experience.

This happened with me recently as I traveled to the Middle East. As the time for the trip approached I began to think that perhaps I shouldn't shave my beard. I even began to sense that this was from the Lord. I realized that as I arrived in the Middle East it would certainly allow me to fit in a little better. Perhaps I would not be so immediately recognizable as an American.

As the plane took off I was very secure in this decision. Upon arriving in the Middle Eastern country of my destination, I became of great interest at various checkpoints along the way. I assumed this was because of my bushy, overgrown beard. I surmised that since God could not be wrong, I had obviously misheard Him.

Throughout our stay there I attempted to squeeze in time for a beard trim from a local barber. This time never seemed to materialize. We were quite busy and any free time occurred in the middle of the night due to severe jet lag. In the final analysis I left the country in the same way I had arrived, including my bushy, overgrown beard.

The flight I was on left the Middle East at 3:00 a.m. and headed back to Europe. I settled in and was bout to drift off to sleep when the guy next to me began a discussion. He looked at me and declared, "You are Hezbollah aren't you?" (Hezbollah has been labeled as an Islamic terrorist group by our government.) I told him in no uncertain terms that I was not. He pushed on, "Yes, you are, you are Hezbollah." Again I assured him that I was not. He proceeded to tell me that peace would come to the Middle East by way of Islam. After listening for an hour or so it was my turn to share.

I had the opportunity to share with this holy warrior about the Prince of Peace, Jesus. I don't know how much he heard, or through what filters he heard it, but he did hear the gospel. As we finished our discussion of two hours, I drifted off to sleep and began to wonder if this was partly the reason why the Lord instructed me to not cut my heard. It opened up an opportunity for conversation, to learn and to share of the hope that comes through relationship with Jesus.

I am seeking to listen more attentively to the still small voice of God. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God." I notice when I am still, when I have ceased striving in my own flesh, I am in a better position to hear His still small voice. Recognizing and obeying His voice is essential, not only for our sakes, but also for the sake of those whom God places in our paths to minister. His instructions may not always immediately make sense but I am learning to obey. I am also seeing the fruit from obeying. How about you, what is God saying to you these days?

Monday, September 10, 2007

We Have a New Look....

Check out our new website which now includes updates on the Training Center and Julie Project, Episodes of Congocast, picture galleries and lots more.

You can visit our blog site to read articles from the director, read the latest information from our teams from the fields and have opportunity to submit comments directly to us.

We invite you to give it a look and tell us what you think. We welcome your comments.