Standing in the Need of Prayer

Dear Prayer Warriors,

 

Wow, these are trying and challenging times. We are being stretched to lengths we didn’t know we could reach without breaking. The Dondo base will be losing two of the new missionaries that just joined recently, and we don’t know if they’ll be coming back. They both worked in the area of the children’s center, and we really don’t have anyone to replace them now to work with the kids. We shared a “praise report” a little too soon in our last update, the former worker who wanted to take us to court has not dropped the case, and still wants to sue us with the ultimate goal of getting us kicked out of the country. He is also causing it to take much longer than we originally hoped to get our residency status, and in the meantime the government has raised the price for visas by over 300% and for residencies by 1200%. We’ve always trusted God for our finances, as we still do, but that is still very frustrating. We can’t go back to leaving every month like we did last year, now it would be much harder since we have the baby. Our current visa expires in September, and we don’t even know if we’ll be able to get another one. Because of all these things, we honestly don’t know how much longer we’ll be able to stay in Mozambique.

 

In the midst of all this, the other day I found my dusty copy of The Message Bible translation on the shelf. I started reading the Sermon on the Mount, and was struck by the phrasing of some familiar sayings reworded:

 

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” Matthew 5:3

 

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” Matthew 6:34

 

Well, that says it pretty plainly. Another source of comfort recently has been a Newsboys song that goes:

 

You are the Author of knowledge

You can redeem what’s been done

You hold the present and all that’s to come

Until Your everlasting Kingdom

 

Lord, I don’t know where all this is going

Or how it all works out

Lead me to peace that is past understanding

A peace beyond all doubt

 

You are the God of tomorrow

Turning the darkness to dawn

Lifting the hopeless with hope to go on

You are the Rock of our salvation

 

Lord, we don’t know where all this is going

Or how it all works out

Lead us to peace that is past understanding

A peace beyond all doubt

 

A peace beyond all doubt—that’s what we need prayer for right now. That and guidance, with all these doors seeming to close it’s hard to know if it is Satan closing the doors—meaning we should fight to break them down and stay in Dondo—or if it is God closing the doors—meaning we should move on. We don’t want to give up too quickly if the war is against the devil, but we don’t want to fight God either. We have no idea where to go from here or when or what the next season of our lives will be. We’ve always lived day-to-day on God’s guidance, never knowing much in advance. Still, it would be nice for us to know the next step, so pray God will reveal at least that much to us. In the meantime, we are working on living in today and continuing to minister and serve, while trying not to think too much or worry about tomorrow, as Jesus said in Matthew 6:34.

 

Anyway, moving on to other news. We just finished the first conference, put on by the Vineyard church, and it was such a blessing. Since we attend a Vineyard in the States, it felt even more like a family reunion (of course, we’re family with the whole Body of Christ from all denominations, but this still was a little special), and it was great spending time with the pastors who came to preach and minister at the conference. In addition to powerful messages, they were also able to speak a lot of wisdom to us personally, and we were very blessed by their time here. The second conference is with Iris Ministries, and it is coming up August 11-14. In the last update I already shared some specific prayer requests regarding that conference, so I won’t go over it again, but please do PRAY!

 

Random testimony: We had a friend from the UK visiting for a few weeks, and one day she went to the hospital for our ministry there, and she was able to pray for a paralyzed man who regained feeling and movement in his legs! Praise God for that!

 

Kyran is doing well, though he’s been fighting a cold for a few weeks now. He’s still the celebrity of the base, and is such a source of joy. He’s strong enough to sit up by himself, though he’s still working on balance.

 

Thanks again for praying for us, keep it up!

~Carla, Jon, and Kyran Reinagel

 

 


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