I’d be lying if I said the last few months have been easy. After Discipleship Training School and two months in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, I hit a bit of a lull, and I’ve been trying to get out of the funk ever since.
I hardly realized for the last 12 weeks what has been going on around me, because, frankly, I’m tired. Just plain tired.
On top of trying to staff a ministry school, lots of “life” things began to snowball. Homeschool started. Thai classes started. Visas needed renewed. My driver’s licenses expired. Our motorcycle registration expired. Finances dropped off. And last week, the cherry on top, the motor in the car decided it needed a complete overhaul.
I got bogged down in the snow storm. I failed to recognize that this is precisely how the enemy keeps us from seeing what God is doing all around us. But last week God managed to breakthrough that darkness just long enough for me to think, hey, we are almost at the end of the 12-week training phase of our film school, and look what is being accomplished.
We have six students who came to the school knowing virtually nothing about sharing the Gospel through media and film. Now we have six students preparing for life-changing trips where they will put the skills they’ve learned to use and potentially change the lives of thousands of others who have never heard the love of Jesus.
They’ve learned editing, scriptwriting, production, cross-cultural communications and directing. They’ve also learned how to use all the equipment they will need to not only make this upcoming film but also to produce films in the future, wherever their hearts lead them.
Monday morning, not a single student had the finances to go on our upcoming outreach to make this film. The deadline is today. No exceptions. We need to book tickets and secure visas for the rest of the team.
Yesterday morning, only one student had the finances to go.
This morning, as of 10 a.m., God has provided for every student and staff member who is meant to be a part of this filmmaking mission trip.
That’s worth waking up to. I have woken up to the fact that God keeps working even when I feel like I cannot take one more step in obedience.
- Please pray for our students and staff as everyone heads out to make this new film. The location must remain undisclosed at this time. Pray for safety, visas, travel mercies, and most of all, pray that filming will go on without a hitch and the final production will raise up thousands of new believers.
“For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.”
– Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (NKJV)