Lessons learned

Why was I surprised?

November 4, 2016



“It matters little what form of prayer we adopt or how many words we use. What matters is the faith which lays hold on God, knowing that He knows our needs before we even ask Him. That is what gives Christian prayer its boundless confidence and its joyous certainty.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The answering machine was beeping when my wife Peggy and I walked in the door. (Yes, we still have an answering machine) It was almost 10:00pm and we had spent the evening with a couple who were returning to work in Central Asia. Peggy and I had a wonderful conversation over dinner. We loved on the children as we read them their bedtime stories and helped to tuck them into bed. Before leaving we ask our friends how we could pray for them. Their response was clearly something that they had been praying for a while. “We need some new teammates,” they told us. It would be really helpful if the wife had an education degree and could help us with home schooling our children and the husband should be certified to teach English as a Second language.” We spent the next several minutes praying for those very things.

So back to the beeping answering machine. It was a message from a young couple in Colorado who had a deep sense that God wanted them to work among Muslims. They didn’t have any ideas where to begin looking and the team they would serve with was critical. I picked up the phone and called. As I asked a few simple questions I discovered that the wife was an elementary education major in college and had been teaching pre-school and the husband was certified to teach ESL. Isn’t it interesting that they called at the same time that we were praying for them.  Our young friends from Colorado left this week to join their new teammates in Central Asia.

Lessons learned.

  1. How can we despair if we believe God is faithful?
  2. My greatest need is starting place with God. (Ephesians 3:20)
  3. God is seldom early, but he is never late.


Wichita, KS

I am a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I aim to lead a life worthy of my Lord with the utmost humility, to please him in every way, to bear fruit in every good work and to continuously grow in the knowledge of God.

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“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves; when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little; when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

“Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your majesty; where losing sight of land we shall find the stars.”

—Prayer of Vice Admiral Sir Francis Drake