We have everything we need
My bi-Weekly Update
The title of this newsletter, “We have everything we need,” is not something I said, even though I can also say it. It is said by a person who came to faith from a Muslim background in Iraq. When ISIS took over the place, he was displaced with his wife and five kids. They were provided two tents, and they chose to use one to store Bible, use it as a prayer room, and have fellowship with other believers. They all stayed in one tent in cold conditions with little to eat. They were facing pressure from people around them for their faith. His house was burned once due to his faith. When Todd Nettleton from VOM was visiting this family, after seeing everything, he asked this question – “What are you praying and asking God.” This response came –
We don’t have to ask God for anything. We have everything we need, and we are happy.
Two days ago, I had the privilege to talk to a pastor from North India. He mentioned that he was about to go somewhere. He later explained that it was night, and he was going to drive 225 Kilometers to provide blankets and supplies to displaced families who were staying in a jungle after severe persecution broke out in their village. He cannot go to the place, but only a few people will come and collect it from a nearby place. He will meet them and pray and come back the next day. We asked him whether he could delay his trip as the situation could get better later. His response was, “if not now, then when should I go and provide them with what they need.”
At times I am baffled by the faith, courage, and strength exhibited by people going through challenging times due to their faith. On the other side, I see people with no issues battling petty things, murmuring, and complaining.
Recently I read a note from Todd Nettleton’s journal. Before going on an international trip with risks, he was trying to use his time in the best possible way. He was focused on doing everything right. Finally, he wondered why he was not living like that every time. Why does this change before a trip? Do we think we are indestructible in America? Do we not realize that risk exists here, also? There is no guarantee for tomorrow. One thing we can do is live each day to the best of our abilities to fulfill God’s purpose and find joy in him.
Below is an audio from a video created by my friend Lion from Uganda. I found it very inspiring and thought of sharing it. He shares that we should “inspire before you expire.”
Thank you for your continued prayers for my complete recovery. I am doing fine, and most things are stable. I am getting some infusions to normalize my immunity level.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who has not given up but continues to pray for me.
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