God has been teaching me lots of things through my time here. He has shown me his faithfulness and provision (as I have shared in previous blogs). He has continued to bless me with friendships and support here, as well as from home. I have been encouraged to hear that God has used my obedience here to give family and friends at home an opportunity to share how God is working. I can’t tell you the joy I feel knowing God can use my experience to strengthen others.
People here often ask me if I miss home, if I miss my mom and my family and friends. I always kind of laugh it off. Of course I miss home and my support system there, but I have not been overcome by these feelings. I can feel their support all the way across the oceans and countries. I can feel their love and most importantly I can feel God’s love and his call on my life. I have seen God open doors here for me and I am now praying God would further clarify what his purpose is for me during my time here.
Although I have experienced encouragement, support, and love, I have also experienced some heartache. It can be hard to hear the stories of the people I am working with, the stories of physical and sexual abuse, rape, robbery, abandonment, death, hunger, and poverty. Yesterday I let myself become overwhelmed by the evil in this world. Reading the news I couldn’t help but notice the evil that seems to be invading countries all over the world. To read about mass rapes, torture, floods, and murder. Then to experience it here…to hear true life stories of the people around me…to see it with my own eyes. I could feel a sense of hopelessness and fear take over. I not only felt sorrow for the victims I have read about and seen, but fear that this evil could tangibly impact me as well.
I came home and wanted to flood my mind with God’s word–his truth. There is so much evil in this world…but yet God has overcome this evil. He is greater! These are the scriptures I want to claim and cling to:
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 5:5
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
No in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
I am praying that God can use me to make a dent in the darkness around me… use me to bring his healing and restoration. I need to give myself fully to His work and let nothing move me…for I have victory over evil through Christ!