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Our kids’ first experience handing out tracks!

Our family with the Frederiks after we passed out about 800 tracks in San Jose

Our family with the Frederiks after we passed out about 800 tracks in San Jose

On December 23 the Frederiks and our family went into San Jose to the park full of pigeons and handed out tracks.  We went with almost 800 to hand out and they each explained God’s grace.  We did not know what to expect from our children because each one is shy.  But we gave them the tracks and told them to pass them out to the people and tell them “Un regalo para usted.”  Or “A gift for you.”  It was so exciting for many different reasons.  First it was exciting to see the children being bold and walking up to strangers and handing out the tracks.  Even when people told them no or rejected them, they still smiled and went on to the next person without taking it personally.  It was also exciting to see the people’s (for the most part) acceptance of our children and their accepting of the track.  We watched as people walked away eagerly reading.  We even had one guy bring his friend back so that she could get one. 

We did have the sad experiences of denial, but God will call those to Him whom He chooses and we have to be obedient.  One sad example was a couple that I handed a track to and they looked at me and said in perfect English “You’re American aren’t you?”  And I could tell that they were not happy with me.  So I said to break the ice, “I am.  What gave it away?”  The wife smiled sympathetically.  The husband then said, “You’re religious aren’t you?”  And I said that I was a missionary.  He then said, “I don’t believe the rantings of Arabs.”  I was taken back, and really couldn’t think of anything to say to him.  He handed his wife the track.  I looked at her and smiled and said that maybe she could read it anyway and see for herself what she thought.  She smiled apologetically.  That is my prayer.  That the Lord would bring her mind back to the track and she would read it by herself and the Lord would bring her to Himself.   And eventually her husband as well. 

It was a great experience though.   Especially for our children.  Their boldness is something that had to be from the Lord because they are normally so shy.  We noticed that the people were less likely to deny the children, so who knows how the Lord might use them.  While we were raising support, many times we were asked, “Are you taking the kids with you?”  And we have already seen why the Lord would  have us bring our kids to Costa Rica.  They open up doors that otherwise may be closed.  God is so good.  We are so excited about the Lord using our family.  All glory, honor and praise go to Him.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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A Thought Concerning our Shepherd

We have been reading a book called “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller.  We have read this book many times.  It is written by an experienced shepherd that became a pastor.  We highly recommend this book.  This is a thought that encouraged us…

“A point worthy of mention here is that whenever the shepherd opens a gate into fresh pasture the sheep are filled with excitement.  As they go through the gate even the staid old ewes will often kick up their heels and leap with delight at the prospect of finding fresh feed.  How they enjoy being led onto new ground….God wants us all to move on with Him.  He wants us to walk with Him.  He wants it not only for our welfare but for the benefit of others as well as His own dear reputation.  Perhaps there are those who think He expects too much of us.  Maybe they feel the demands are too drastic.  Some may even consider His call impossible to carry out.  It would be if we had to depend on self determination, or self discipline to succeed.  But if we are in earnest about wanting to do His will, and to be led, He makes this possible by His own gracious Spirit who is given to those who obey (Acts 5:32).  For it is He who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).”

We hope that this section of this book, as it highlights what those of us who are not shepherds might not fully understand about that imagery in the Bible, has encouraged you as it did us.  We feel that He has led our family to the new pastures of Costa Rica.  We are thrilled to follow His lead.   We only can be this way because we are leaning on Him and letting Him be our guide and our source for all our needs, our Great Shepherd.  We are trying to do our best to be diligent and wise with our decision making.  We are seeking to do His will and to bring Him glory.  That is all.  Please continue to pray for us.  That we would be humble sheep that glorify God.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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