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‘He will make you firm, he will make you strong.’ We want to THANK YOU so much for all of the wonderful and amazing comments on our last post on Instagram! While I couldn’t respond to all of them, know that your kind words of encouragement are much appreciated! While my Instagram account has been mainly used to promote and encourage others to think about serving where the need is great and expand their ministry I know that showing some of the struggles that may come with these decisions and how they are overcome is also helpful. It shows that while it may look like some who expand their ministry by serving in other countries or pioneering may have the perfect circumstances this is far from the truth. In our case, if we had waited for the perfect circumstances to take the leap we likely would still be waiting.
Over the last few years, we’ve been through many ups and downs but Jehovah always sustains us through them. We know that whatever we may face in the future we’ll be able to endure it with Jehovah’s help. The opening words of this caption were from the new study edition article ‘God gives power to the tired one.’ As I was listening to this article this morning I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that this is just what I needed. It is SO GOOD! The entire magazine really gave me the boost that I needed! In times past when we have faced difficulties, it’s usually been because we’ve been able to keep up a good spiritual routine and these challenges seem to be a way to try to distract us. Things seem no different now. We’ve seen that it’s usually not just one big thing that happens but instead a series of events one after another designed to try to discourage us and cause us to slow down.
Yesterday evening we shared in the cart work in Portugal. To be honest, I can’t say that we felt 100% before going out but we knew that it would be the best thing for us. It seems like our obstacles haven’t come to an end just yet which is why we weren’t feeling so great. On Monday afternoon after work and with the stresses of the weekend still in the background, I received an email from the company managing our car in Madrid. For those that don’t know, during the summer we put a car in a car-sharing rental program in order to support some of our travels. Things worked out great and we were able to travel and attend the special assembly and visit many interesting places. Well, after reading the email I was directed to call my agent to find out more info. As I received the news I could hardly believe what I was hearing. He explained to me that over the weekend someone had rented our car and used it on a crime spree to rob several houses and people. The police caught up with the person and the car was involved in a police chase where the suspect lost control and crashed the car while being chased! As I told Kanicia the news she thought that I was joking, but unfortunately, I wasn’t. Thankfully the company has insurance and we are happy that no one seems to have been hurt during the whole situation. As we await how the situation will develop we are reminded of how nothing in this world is totally reliable except Jehovah. Instead of being upset we are more just shocked and in surprise than anything. We are more determined to continue to do our best here in our assignment and keep simplifying our lives as trials come and go. We wish you a wonderful week!