Stories from Beyond
Statements that begin with "Stories from Beyond..." may sound a little eerie...but that is exactly what life beyond the borders may look like for our workers in the fields! We hope that through these snippets extracted from their letters, you will start to get a glimpse into their lives, understand their circumstances a little more, and pray for them more meaningfully.
Read about D’s ‘visitors from beyond’ as she serves in Ghana, extracted from her newsletter dated Jul 2017
Late one night, I heard a THUMP-THUMP-THUMP! Wondering what it could be, I turned on my light and saw a big frog in my room. I screamed, calling S to come to my room. She came and to my surprise she took the frog so easily and put it outside. I was terrified, and the really awful part was that more frogs kept coming up through my toilet, but S was away then and I was all alone. Eventually the plumber came and fixed the pipe so that the frogs can’t come anymore. PRAISE THE LORD!!!
God is a God of miracles. Even out of a shocking and disheartening situation, He brings comfort and a testimony of His love and presence ... from R & P in Thailand (Jan 2018)
First Christian Funeral
Although a few of our members have gone to be with the Lord, they had all been given Buddhist funerals, in accordance with the wishes of their families. A week ago, the grandson of a church member passed away unexpectedly. Although the grandson was not a Christian, all his family – his mother, aunts and grandparents – are Christians. Because of that the village headman did not allow them to have a Buddhist funeral for the grandson. So, for the first time in our Church, we had a Christian funeral, in one of the buildings at a Temple. Funerals are usually very big and pompous. In comparison, our Christian funeral was small, with only our family and the church present. But God sent many Christians, including missionaries and local pastors, to support us at the funeral.
Sometimes, forces from beyond are almost too much for us to bear, but God is always our help in times of need. Read about A & S’s reflections on the challenges faced on the field in Bolivia from 2015 to 2017
Much has happened in the last 3 years
- God gave us Joshua, our little son who was born here in Bolivia. Almost 2 years later, God gave us Joshua again - this time, back from near death*.
- God has also blessed us with local friends who treated us like family ... journeying through the Andes mountains for 10 hours on a bus just to be ther e in time for our baby’s birthday, flying over to other cities just to be with us in our times of despair, staying overnight with us just to pray with us - these and many more.
- We were robbed, but we have been blessed by the people who gave us a televisi on, stove and oven, carpets, pots, pans and other kitchen necessities. Even fish for lunch from a woman from whom we did not buy anything.
- I grieved my father’s death from a distance when he died 2 years back, but God gave us an adopted Bolivian mother.
Despite complications and intermittent times of despair, God’s grace which has been so marvelously manifested, overshadowed them all.
*Joshua was diagnosed with pneumonia, hepatitis C and acute liver failure. After spending five days in the ICU in a hospital in Santa Cruz, he woke up and his condition turned around.