Sunday, July 23, 2006

MOZAMBIQUE



Im sitting on the out side deck of the two-story house that we are staying in during our time in Georgia. Don't let the two-story part fool you about the comfort of our stay. We are living with fifteen other individuals in the same house. That means 18 people can be running around using the bathroom, living room, kitchen, etc. at any given time. 21 individuals ate supper at our house this evening. We are actually enjoying it very much. As mentioned in prior bloggs it has been a huge blessing to be surrounded by individuals sold out to and for the Glory of God. There is nothing like doing what God has created you to do. Praise, worship, and ultimatley glorify Him.

We got to go to the Atlanta Zoo today. We had a very good time. We went with a young couple and thier son Josiah. They are being led to plant churches in Argentina. The zoo boasts over 1,000 animals. We got to see most but not all the animals because it was realy hot and humid. The little ones and i guess i could say the older ones were just absolutley miserable. All and all it was a good time. Jesiah Is starting to teeth again so that was an added bonus to his day. :).
As you can see i entitled this post MOZAMBIQUE. If you don't have a clue where to find it on a map that is ok most don't. It is just north east of South Africa. We have been asking God if he would like us to go there for quite sometime. When gretchen and I were going through Bible College and even before we were married we always prayed and talked about the possability of going to the deepest darkest country that God could lead us to. We believe that Mozambique just MAY BE the answer to our prayers, and God's will for us at this time, only TIME WILL TELL.

Before I go on please let me clarify, "answer to our prayers". Some assume that Gretchen and are just peculiar people and that we can't wait to be misserable for God. We often hear comments like, "Im glad God hasn't given me that desire." or "here I am Lord send them." :). We do not have a desire to suffer, be misserable, die, lose eachother or our children, get sick, get malaria, etc. Jesus never asked us to desire that and i am very happy that he did not. However He did tell us to count the cost to serve Him. He asked us to take up our cross. He asked us to die and allow Him to live through us. He told us that to live is Christ and to die is gain. He told us not to be entangled by the sins that so easlily entagle us. He aked us to be good soldiers not taken by worldly affairs. He asked us to store our treasures in heaven and not on earth. He instructed us that beauty is fleeting but the Word of God is eternal. He instructed us that life is a vapor, here then gone.

We don't want to suffer we just want to be in the center of what God is doing. So here is what God is doing and how we believe that he wants us to be a part of it. God commanded us to glorify Him with our bodies (I Corinthians 6:19). He aked us to give Him our bodies as a Holy and living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). We have offered our young bodies as holy sacrifices. The fact is God wants people saved in Mozambique. It is a fact that a young body can do alot of what an older body can not. The ministry that can be done in Mozambique is demanding physicaly, emotionaly and spiritualy. It is a fact that we are young, dumb and being led by the creator of Heavan and earth to go, baptize, disciple, and train leader in the Grace and truth of His Word.

It can easliy be assumed that because we believe that we are being led in this way that we are 100% comfortable and filled with Joy. The truth this is not the plan we had for our lives but, it is the plan that God has for bondservant that have offered, freely, thier bodies as living and holy sacrifices pleasing and glorifying to Him. We do not have it all figured out. We are just taking one step at a time prayerfully and carefully. This is the way the Lord leads one step at a time.

We ask for your prayer in the following areas:
1. That God would give us the faith and obediance to be Holy Sacrifices because God can not accept a sacrifice that is blemished. It would be vanity to offer ourselves blemished.
2. That we would be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
3. That we would live our lives pleasing to Him.
4. That we would serve you and meet you in the area that you most need help in. Please leave prayer request @ hi_its_us@hotmail.com. or i believe you can leave a comment that is not avaliable to the public on this site. Or you can just leave an anonymous request.

This is it for now. If you have any questions or comment please ask. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Thanks for your patience. Enjoy the pics.

2 comments:

Karen said...

May God bless your desire to serve him and keep you and your family safe. We will be praying for your needs both physical and financial while serving wherever God leads.

Anonymous said...

Houghton~

Good thoughts, thanks for them, thinking of you this day and God's continued provision for you family is my prayer. Joel