Malta Mondays 45
Nov 6, 2017
Each month I choose one verse to learn and memorize in Maltese and this month I chose Philippians 4:6-7. I’ve been so grateful for it this morning as I’ve read about the terrible attack in Texas and also as I was feeling overwhelmed by the needs of others. It says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What a comfort that brings when we present our requests to God and receive His peace!
1. As you can see we really enjoyed catching up with Kathryn at Black Forest Academy in Germany this week! What a beautiful setting for a wonderful school on mission! Thank you too for prayers for the spiritual retreat. Earl attended and thought it was really well done. It was neat to be in Germany on the 500th anniversary of Reformation day! Please do continue to pray for our church in a season of change and for our friend M as he passes through a tough time and is trying to learn to deal with it in a godly way.
2. November is the month of the dead and just now as I went to pick up Nathan from school I saw many families going to visit the cemeteries together. While it is certainly fitting to remember our loved ones, this is often a time when people pay to have Masses done in honor of their loved ones to help them move on from purgatory. We know that the Bible says “Blessed are they who mourn…” May they find comfort in God’s Word and faith in Him, not in anything they could do.
3. This morning I went with the Epilepsy Association to teach two classes about epilepsy to cadets who are learning to be policemen. Tomorrow morning we have two more classes. While it is not a religious activity, I was able to sit there and pray for them and then tell them that I was thankful for them and praying that God would keep them safe and help them to be great policemen in the future. After the class my fellow committee members are coming over and we are working on a new Epilepsy Tool Kit to use for advocacy. I also have several other meetings and appointments set up this week and my last counseling class tonight, but I am thankful for how rewarding it is. If you have not found your niche yet, pray and ask God to show you. This is a great time of year to become involved in some type of ministry or outreach or to find a secular volunteer role that you can fill as a believer. How can you be shining your light where you live? OR maybe you are like two of our friends who are feeling called to come live and serve in Malta and who hope to be here in the next few months! OR maybe God is calling you back to study or get some training? You won’t regret finding the abundant life He has for you, even if it may not fit the world’s definition of success. That was a free sermon… 😀
Kids Korner: What a wonderful time we had with a complete family this week! We really enjoyed seeing where Kathryn lives and what life is like for her and we got pretty good at Monopoly Deal, a card version of Monopoly. She is doing well aside from a few challenges in the Algebra 2 class.. 😀 She hopes to be chosen to go on a Spring Break mission trip and will find out about that soon. Thomas and Nathan had a bit of homework to do on Saturday and are back in school full swing today. We had a fun Sunday afternoon visit with some of our young people from church too.