Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kim shares from her heart ..

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of spending time here in Kyrgzstan with a wonderful couple.. we have grown to love them dearly.   The closer we become, the more our hearts start to beat in unison for the needs that we find and the people we are drawn too.   Today in their blog   http://kag-travel.blogspot.com/2012/05/bondservant-devoted-to-another-to.html?spref=fb , 
Kim shared some of what they have observed during their trips here .  Some times I don't do justice when it comes to asking for operating suport.  I tend to focus more on the individual project needs, but miss the most important needs... the resorces that keep us here, that alow us to maintain the personal contact that is sooo important.. and more so the needs that are always on the back of our minds when we should be concentrating on the one in front of us.   

Ceremonial hand washing at a picnic in the mountains..  One of the highlights from this spring .  In Kyrgz custom, this is done by the younger men as a sign of respect for those in stature above them ... to give honour, in return, words of blessing and encouragement are spoken over the younger ... I was blessed   
  Here is what Kim writes ...." I have had the honor of sitting around the table listening to the cries of missionaries hearts.  The cry that resonates to the core of their soul - to help just one person, show them the love of Jesus, and introduce them to the Kingdom of God.  But first they need to meet the personal needs of the one standing in front of them who is hungry, needs medical treatment, needs a home to get off the street, needs help with addictions that is consuming them.  But with these needs comes the need for resources - money, expertise, labor, etc.  These missionaries use up their personal savings, income, energy to just serve.  THEY NEED OUR HELP!  They need our prayers.  They need our giving.  They need our words of encouragement.  I have seen the tears when they are tired, worried, overwhelmed.  I have hear their cries when they don't think they can take another step, when their hearts break when it is time to return to 'normal life' knowing that there is sooooo much more to be done, so many more needing help.  Sometimes now knowing when they can return.

I have never really understood until these last few weeks when God began to open up my eyes to see their needs, my ears to hear their cries, and my heart to hurt for them and especially those that they are trying to serve.

I ask that you take time to pray for the missionaries who give of themselves sacrificially.  Pray for their strength, that their needs are met, that their energy is renewed each day.  I have seen first hand that it is non-stop - each and every day.  The end is near, they feel it in their bones, they are urgently trying to do the Kingdom work that is still yet to be done.  Send them a note of encouragement; let them know you are praying for them, share a verse, and kind word.  You never know if it is exactly what they need to hear at that moment.  Pray about sponsoring them and supporting the people they are serving. Give sacrificially to allow them to do the Kingdom work on your behalf.  You have NO idea how far even $10 can go to make a difference in the life of someone.

Yes, missionaries are the true example of a Bondservant.  God, please bless each and everyone of them.

Praising God for a Changing & Breaking Heart,

Kim "

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