I don’t know what it has been like following the blog for the last 5 weeks, but writing the blog has been one of my greatest joys!!!! Just giving testimony about HIS HAND , Woooooooo Whooooooooooooo!
I wanted to remind you that if you want to keep up with the Retreat sign up as a Friend of Pure Joy on the web site. That gives you the opportunity to see what is going on while we are away!
Also, wanted to include one more letter from another heart after God that I know makes Him smile! In fact, I think a lot of you have made God smile in preparation for this Trip! Now I pray the missionary women will experience that smile as well before the next week and a half passes.
Love you all and remember us in your prayers! There is a prayer guide in the Friends of Pure Joy letter just sent out for this trip.
Loving you guys, Oh so Much!!!!
I just wanted to email you and tell you that we had the privilege of giving towards the sponsoring of the last missionaries who are going to the retreat in East Africa, We heard about your awesome ministry through a friend, and we have such joy in getting to be a part. My husband and I, are adopting from Ethiopia and our eyes have really been opened to the desperate world need as we have gone through this process of adopting. Our heart aches for the spiritual and physical needs of the people in Africa. We want to find more ways to help. We believe that what you are doing in strengthening the hands and hearts of the women missionaries who are already there is so wise.
I read through your blog and I love your trust in God to provide and your boldness in asking people to give. (Some could see those as contradictory, but they aren't.) You said, "Truthfully, in the past neither did I do well with that, but God has just given me this boldness going into this New Year to not be ashamed to seek donations for the things of God and kingdom work. As I have been saying for a month now, dab nab-it, we throw tons of money into things that have no eternal value! "
Amen. It is like when Paul says in Phil 4:17, "Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account." You are just looking out for what can be credited to their eternal account. We agree. We would like to make a deposit in our eternal reward account. We would like to store up treasure in heaven where no moth or rust destroy or thieves steal.
I was just reading Radical by David Platt and he said, "They believe that God has shown them great grace in order that he might use them to accomplish the glorious global, God-exalting, purpose that has been primary since the beginning of time, and they don't want to settle for anything less than radical abandonment to that purpose." page 82 That pretty much sums up why we are giving to Pure Joy. God has lavished His grace on us. By His grace, we know Him and love Him. He has given us material resources to help make the riches of His mercies known among the nations. We are thankful for you and your desire to honor the faithful servants of God like Philippians 2:29 commands us to do.
In His Joy!