Finding Our Rhythm
I'll never forget a lesson I learned from Pastor Felipe Mendoza in my first year on the mission field. I remember how he emphasized that it is important for missionaries to "find their rhythm" when they move to a new mission field.
We haven't recently moved, but after our visit to Minnesota in December I find myself thinking about Pastor Felipe's teaching. I hear him saying, "Don't rush into ministry and busy yourselves with all sorts of tasks, but take time to develop a healthy rhythm for your lives."
In order to reach the finish line, we need to continually work to balance work, play and rest. For someone like me, this is not easy. Imagine a horse who wants to run with the wind, but someone is holding the reigns and saying "whooooa, whooooa." That's how I feel sometimes.
I recently read this verse in Hebrews 12:11, and wrote it on the white board that hangs in our dining room. "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
Those of you who made New Year's resolutions or set new goals for 2016, hang in there with me! Continue to be disciplined -- righteousness and peace are great rewards!
My Prayer for 2016
In our last newsletter (click here if you didn't receive it in the mail and would like to read it), I talked about the peace of Christ. We read Colossians 3:15 which says, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."
I love this verse, and this verse continues to be my prayer for our family and yours in 2016.
Finding our rhythm, discipline - it all seems to be part of walking in the peace of Christ. So here we are, setting new goals for our family and ministry in 2016. Discerning which areas of ministry to get involved in, and which parts will have to wait, and re-examining our habits for prayer, rest, family fun and reflection.
Areas of Ministry
This year Joselo is taking classes again at the University. He continues to visit the Gomez Rehab House and La Victoria prison each week, along with leading a worship service out of our home on Sunday mornings.
I am focusing on our family, the youth ministry in Hato Mayor and the expanding ministry with (CBS) Community Bible Studies.
There are so many more things we could do and would like to do, but this seems to be a healthy balance for us right now. I am praying for an assistant for CBS to help with the trainings and community visits. We have 12 new churches who will be receiving training and starting new classes before April 2016!
Please join me in praying for the right leader and the finances to pay him/her to take on some of the growing CBS responsibilities.