“Yet another said, “
I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say goodbye to my family.””
(Luke 9:61, NET)
Last fall, as we thought and prayed about where in the USA we were to serve, the thought kept coming back to us that we should take the time to visit and work at a few ministries in the North and Northeast. (While traveling here, we visited and toured a ministry in southern Michigan where we would like to perhaps work someday.)
We have been helping camps throughout the West but had not ventured much beyond the Mississippi River. At that time we felt led to sign up for projects in OH, NY, and ME. Then, Russia invaded Ukraine, and fuel prices (along with just about everything else) headed to the stratosphere. Should we continue to go where we felt God was leading us?
As we began to wonder if we were making a mistake about traveling so far, Oswald Chambers’ comments on the verse above really struck home: “Yes, I will obey God if He will let me use my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest). We concluded that we need to keep going and trust God to provide for us as He has been so faithful in doing.
We have arrived at the Heartland Conference and Retreat Center in Marengo, OH, and will begin doing whatever they need to have done to accomplish their ministry purpose. We are a long way from TX or ID and will continue to move even further north and east in the coming months. If we use our common sense about where we should serve we would not be here. So, we are really taking that step in the dark that Chambers noted; we may not know what the future holds, but we do know that He holds our future.
Once again we pray for our safety on the project, protection from bad weather, and continued good health so we can be of service to those at this ministry and the others He has led us to serve. 🤠🤗