Malta Mondays 46
Nov 13, 2017
Hello friends! I pray you are having a great Monday! I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to all of you who have given to the IMB through your church or through the annual Lottie Moon Christmas offering. That is how we are able to live in Malta and serve here. Next Tuesday, 8th November is a global day of giving (#GivingTuesday) to begin the LMCO and then the week of 3rd Dec to 10th Dec is the Week of Prayer for Int’l Missions culminating on 10th December as the LMCO Sunday. This year’s goal is $160 million to send and keep IMB workers around the globe on mission. Any part you can play in giving or encouraging others to give is greatly appreciated! Visit www.imb.org for info and resources including videos and stories!
Life is full blast but it’s been great to hear how God is at work in people’s lives this week. Earl is volunteering on Mondays at a centre for the Disabled in Bormla, the same village where the Friday night group meets and there are many open doors there. We’ve seen how small the world is in a Malta connection Kathryn made in Germany and in the stories of a visitor we had this week at church. It’s really amazing actually how connected the world is now! Pray that as believers we would do an even better job of leveraging those connections to see the gospel advance globally. Our walking group found the “Coral Lagoon” that I had never even heard of or seen in 19 years here- that’s what I love about Malta! We were once within 50 feet of it but it was over a hill and we did not know it was there. 😀 We had really deep spiritual conversations and thoroughly enjoyed it too! Pray too for this week’s Wednesday Walkers, the Moms in Prayer, the Bible Studies, and our own devotional times. Also there’s a new lady we’ve met through a church couple that Earl and this couple shared with last night and we plan to meet with her again this week and Earl and another church friend are meeting another man who is showing interest in the gospel. Pray, pray, pray!
When I went to pick up a friend for the policeman epilepsy training this week, he got a call that his niece in her early 30s had passed away suddenly. She was an only child and it was very shocking. Earl accompanied me to the funeral the next day, as in Malta most funerals are held within 24 hours. We actually stood outside of the chapel with the crowd of people who came to attend the funeral Mass so we spent the time praying for the family and for those around us who were reminded that life is short and we are not promised tomorrow. It is heartbreaking that so many of our dear Maltese friends still trust in what they do to find salvation. PLEASE keep praying for more Maltese to understand true salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ alone and to be ready to trust Jesus even if it costs them.
We would appreciate continued prayers for our church as we look to the future and ways to engage more people with the gospel. This Friday is the “Soup-er” Women’s fellowship and Saturday is the Men’s Prayer Breakfast and next week is our “Friend’s Day” breakfast and church outreach service. We’re also seeing more involvement in the worship team and praying towards other upcoming changes. And of course next week is America’s Thanksgiving week so we’ll be inviting folks in to be thankful together and share our hope in Christ. We had a lovely Sunday afternoon crowd this week of internationals and the sharing of testimonies and experiences in Christ was SO worth the work involved in hosting.
Kids Korner: Thomas got to miss a bit of school today as he had to go into Valletta with Earl to have his fingerprints scanned now that he has turned 14 and requires biometrics for his residency card. He had a school friend join him for a fun outing with his dad and brother on Saturday and we are intentionally praying for opportunities to reach out to his friends. Today he has a friend from Nathan’s school coming over. Nathan had an Int’l Brunch at his school on Saturday morning and there were a LOT of people and foods there. We had several “divine appointments” with folks there too. Kathryn seems to be doing just fine this week too so we are grateful!