“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!” (Psalm 34:3) As I reflect on God’s many blessings, halfway through my five months here, I truly have much for which to be grateful. The minor stomach and throat problems I experienced at first have subsided. I feel quite at home and I love what I’m doing. Classes are proceeding extremely well, so that my students are making great progress in both English and music. With no restrictions on my curriculum choices, I’m able to incorporate much Biblical content, which I pray will enrich their walk with the Lord.
Yet to me the greatest blessing is the Lord’s work of sanctification in my own heart. Ever aware of the danger of neglecting my own spiritual growth while ministering to others, I pray daily for grace to walk in increasing humility, faith, and holiness before my Savior. God is answering that prayer in much the same ways as He did while I was in the US, using both the trials and the joys that arise in ordinary life to deepen my understanding of and dependence upon the glorious gospel of our salvation. I rest in the confidence that He will bring to completion in me the work of grace which is His from beginning to end, and I joyously exclaim in the opening words of the psalm which my students have recently memorized in its entirety, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and that is within me, bless His holy name!” (Psalm 103:1)
This weekend, I will travel several hours by bus to visit a Christian ministry that rescues children who are vulnerable to human trafficking. Two of my friends have volunteered there in the past, and I look forward to meeting the current staff and residents upon my arrival. Would you join me in praying for a safe journey with smooth bus connections, and that I would be a blessing to the children at my destination even though I cannot speak their language? Thank you very much!