As this anniversary passed (as did the four-year anniversary of my first trip to Brazil), I remain amazed at how the Lord has brought me to this place and how he continues to remind me that he is sovereign over every aspect of my life! Despite whatever challenges may come my way, he is in control and has a plan. He cares about the details. He wants me to trust him with even the smallest things that I allow to fill my mind with worry and stress.
At the moment, I'm in the middle of a painstakingly long and discouraging process of car selling/buying. I have finally been able to sell the car I had and am now in the process of trying to find another vehicle. If my tone doesn't communicate well in writing, let me just tell you that car issues are among my least favorite kind of trouble in the whole world. Despite my distain for these things, I am constantly being reminded that God has a plan, even for my troublesome car situation. He will provide just the right vehicle that will meet my needs and in just the right timing. I just have to be faithful and trust him throughout this process. I don't know how it will be resolved, but I am looking forward to finding out!
Such is the truth I am learning to apply to this scenario and everything else in my life and ministry: trusting him for financial provision, relational wisdom and guidance, discernment for day-to-day decision-making. If I had all the answers, I'm sure I would be convinced that I don't need the Lord's guidance. Au contraire. I am not even close to having everything figured out, and I am abundantly thankful that I don't have to.
So, two years later, I'm still trusting the Lord that this is where he wants me to be and trusting him to provide all I need for each day and thankful for the opportunities he has given me to be part of his kingdom work!
|From my first trip to Brazil in July 2010|
|From my 2011 trip - This little girl's family isn't at our church any more, and I miss her sweet face!|
|From our 2012 trip - Tracy is one of our pastor's daughter and is such a precious child!|
|This is from our most recent trip in March 2014. Getting to love on kids when we visit is great, but knowing that they are being consistently cared for because there is a church right in their neighborhood is even better.|