Missionaries Without Boundaries /  Nathan Lloyd-Jones – July 2012
16
Jul
2012

Praise the Lord!

DSCN5913So much has happened, and we have been stretched in so many ways I will have a hard time getting it all into one newsletter, but I will do my best to give you the important information without dragging on, or sounding scatterbrained.

First off, Mariah and David, two friends from the states, are getting settled in with us, as interns. The first month with them was a lot of training and teaching to help them understand the school and other ministry functions.

It sounds kind of heroic when you first hear of getting to serve on the mission field but in all reality a lot of the time it’s about as fun as cleaning your mom’s toilet.

Praise the Lord!

So much has happened, and we have been stretched in so many ways I will have a hard time getting it all into one newsletter, but I will do my best to give you the important information without dragging on, or sounding scatterbrained.

First off, Mariah and David, two friends from the states, are getting settled in with us, as interns. The first month with them was a lot of training and teaching to help them understand the school and other ministry functions.

It sounds kind of heroic when you first hear of getting to serve on the mission field but in all reality a lot of the time it’s about as fun as cleaning your mom’s toilet.

Now, don’t get me wrong! When God gets involved simple tasks and requirements become exciting and full of joy and that’s what our friends are trying to find, that contentment that Paul talks about in Phil. 4:11.

But it’s easy to get burnt out and to start feeling that because you don’t see any immediate evidence of fruit in what you are doing; it must not be helping. But, thanks to God’s grace, they have both been huge blessings to us here in Palacios. David has been helping me fix up a lot of things around the mission, and Mariah has taken up evening study classes with the students who have been struggling in their grades. Stephen is my right hand man and gets the flak for all the mistakes…I love that guy.

Because of the extra hands I’ve had more time to minister at random times.

The other day I got to take some time to talk with one of the drug dealer’s bodyguards about Christ; it was during school hours and that wouldn’t normally be possible.

Also one of our students, Jeymy, didn’t come to school because she was sick. I had the guys take over class and went to visit her. I arrived at the house and talked with her Mother who was worried for her. Jeymy was having constant pain in her lower right stomach and didn’t sleep much through the night, and the doctors here said she should go to get checked in the city.

I asked her mother why she didn’t take her out on the morning trucks and she said they had no money. So after praying for them, I headed out. Once I got back to the house I started calling the churches here in Palacios to see if they could help, my heart is to help find the solution, not be the solution. Through the churches we raised fifty-five dollars and I was amazed they gave so much. Still others were willing to track down a truck willing to take them into the city.

Once Jeymy and her mother got to the city they were able to take her to a medical center that had the necessary equipment. When she came home 2 days later, PRAISE THE LORD, she was ok!

All that to say; I’m honored to have the help. There have been many other little things I’ve gotten to help with because of the help of our interns.

I just got back from my second mission trip out with Frank’s Bible students. We got to lead a young girl to Christ and get her plugged in at the local church. Frank’s goals with the trips are to help the students apply in daily life the teachings they’re studying.

We’ll also be showing a movie for the whole town at our church this Friday. All the pastors are involved with helping so it should be a pretty big event. We’re excited to be working with other churches in the area in reaching out to the community.

We’ll be having three groups from the states over the next five weeks. We’re excited to have them and are interested to see what God will do.

Please pray for me I’ve been being stretched in the few leadership skills I have and as always am desperate for God’s help and guidance.

(Please note: before you read this next part it is only to share the greatness of God and some of my weaknesses. It is in no way me trying to get people to help us more.)

We’ve been listening to some awesome messages from Life Point church. The speaker was talking about what comes out of you when you’re squeezed. So Rebecca and I decided to watch ourselves and see what came out of us when we were squeezed. God in his awesome wisdom sent many opportunities to test us. One example is that I was waiting for a boat to return with a drum of gas that we had paid for. I called a friend to find out when the boat would arrive and found out that the captain had been attacked in his house and that the men beat him until he told them where all his money was, this was the second time this year he’d been robbed of everything. The captain sold his ship to pay off his major debts.

I quickly realized that I had lost my money, and when my wife started asking me questions about what I had heard, my first response was a snappy attitude to my wife and feeling overwhelmed with what to do. I had ordered many things for the group projects to come and now they wouldn’t be here on time. I became a little agitated with God thinking, “Every time we start to get on our feet we get side swiped again! Why?”

After about five minutes of complaining I realized I had asked God to help me walk in love when squeezed. What a beautiful test. We had been extra blessed in our hardware store this month so we weren’t hurting too badly. We had not lost our family.

The captain had lost everything and almost his life.

My neighbor had lost more than half his finances to his store and I had just finished watching a documentary on Christians who had lost their families for believing in Christ. And yet my first response to losing only 1 gas drum was anger and worry.

God used this to show me how blessed I am and how easy it was for me to take that for granted or not be satisfied. I quickly started thanking God for all He has done for us, and asked Him to forgive me for my lack of faith in Him.

He continues to love me and bless me no matter how many times I have failed, and that leaves me feeling overwhelmed in the best way.

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter. I am always honored to get to share with you.

– Nathan.

 

 
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