Well friends, Christmas 2016 is in the memory bank and the New Year is upon us. Right around the corner-so-to-speak. In a matter of hours. Has already happened for some of our friends living in other parts of the world…
Many unexpected things happened this year–many things I journaled–God words to my heart- for me alone-and some that I will share with you.
Several members of our family have gone through their own ordeals-as I am sure yours has as well. Seems the devil is ever on his job–but we KNOW that God is watchful and is equipping us all for the battles that lie ahead…and are currently ongoing. He is our strong deliverer–and HIGH TOWER.
We just KNEW we would be preparing to leave for Costa Rica (language school) this month-but God had other plans–and we humbly and gladly submit to what HE has planned because we are in this for HIS glory, not anything for our own selves.
I think that it’s specifically powerful that the verse of the day from BibleGateway.com is this:
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 NLT
Years ago, The LORD brought this passage to my attention when I was going through a particularly difficult battle, today, it’s needed just as much. A reminder that HE is in charge and NEW things are on the horizon.
Jeff and I are still working on our monthly commitments, meaning: we will need your help. We are getting closer, but we still have much to do to get there. We can’t do this without God lay it upon the hearts of others to help us for the next two years.
Beyond that, I don’t know what God has in store. We will gladly stay in Bolivia until He calls us home–or we will go wherever HE sends next, but this we know–we must do what He has laid on our hearts to do. That is, work with the children in the schools He has opened up to us in Santa Cruz, and continue to build churches for the villages where there is no Gospel Door open.
There have been extreme forces fighting against us- the biggest one it seems, cancer. But, we are over half way to completion of my treatments, only 6 more to go out of the 16. The next step is radiation for 6 weeks and I have a dear friend who is currently walking that road just ahead of me.
God had the right team lined up for this medical mission on this side, and I have no doubt He will continue. My biggest problem is on the days I feel good, I try and do as much as I possibly can to make up for the days I can’t. For a “doer”, this has been a rough go. However, I have done well I think, and from what my oncologist has said, a “prize pupil”, or patient. That’s all God’s doing, and all because of the mighty team of prayer warriors who have diligently sought God on my behalf. Thank YOU! You are a HUGE part of this mission team!
Jeff has delivered his heart in many churches over the past year, I participated in the delivery until “chemo-brain” sort of held me back, but they say this is all reversible and I look forward with great anticipation to the day when I can bring a “word” again. For now, I smile, hug necks, shake hands and am glad to be in the mix of things! If you are wondering why you see so little of me in blogland, this is why. I want to give God my BEST, but for these past few months of treatments, it seems I struggle with writing as well as talking.
It has felt so odd being a “by-stander” when I have always loved being in the middle of what God is doing, but I have “felt” His presence nonetheless. And it has been powerful. Believe me, I’m taking notes. I have been writing in my prayer journal to record for later, this road. Though muddy, messy and ankle twisting at times, it is one that I have seen God do miraculous things and I wouldn’t go back and change a thing…
We have just a few months to be ready to go. If you are interested in helping us monthly, go to this site: www.tinyurl.com/sendjeffandangie (You can also give one time donations–we are eternally grateful for any and all help!) We plan to leave in May, 2017. We have already started packing…
Have you ever tried to do something that YOU KNEW God was leading you on and had the enemy fight so hard that you struggled in your heart to keep you focus clear? That’s where I am tonight. I KNOW God has called us– He woke me with ideas earlier this week for the children… and just as quick as I get excited about that–the enemy comes and tries to steal the joy from that.
We can’t see all that is ahead, but we know and trust the Hand that leads us. We will not stop until we feel we have done all that He has required of us. He is doing a NEW thing in this NEW YEAR and we are excited to be doing our part!
The road up ahead will have curves, hills and even rough terrain, but HE is with us…all the way. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2017!
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