Powell, David and Becca (Spring 2012)

“…hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Romans 8:24-25

We continue to wait with perseverance for the hope that is set before us as we apply for our visas to Italy. Wait with perseverance? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But that is what we do when our hope is in a God that is always on the move, always doing a new thing. We are pursuing a God that has a driving passion for the world to be saved. And He is pursing with grace those who will be obedient to His call and trust Him without resistance.

Approximately ten weeks from now, on July 10th, we will be flying to Italy with our team of 25 youth. We are waiting in hope, trusting that by the time we leave for Italy, we will have our visas in hand so that our family may remain in Italy and establish Teen Missions Int’l there. We have to admit, there are times when doubts creep in, and we ask ourselves, “What are we doing, uprooting our family again to start over in another foreign country, to learn a new language, to build a whole new network of friends?” Based on today’s perspective, this is far from rational. Our family support is lower than it’s ever been, and we are moving to one of the most expensive places to live on the planet!

One of our most recent reads has been a book by Mark Batterson called Wild Goose Chase. His book speaks of the Celtic Christians. They referred to the Holy Spirit as the Wild Goose, symbolizing the nature of God’s Spirit – unable to be tracked or tamed. We have come to the conclusion that following God’s Spirit brings us into adventures that take us beyond our wildest dreams and into a world that is totally irrational. Next to saving our souls, His ultimate pursuit in our lives is to become strong in our weakness so that He might be glorified. More often than not, there are moments when we doubt in our ability to accomplish anything that God has called us to, but it is in these times when we are reminded that it is not our strength that will succeed in anything. Only God’s strength, working through us, may produce any fruit out of our labor.

I (Becca) was reading in Psalms 29 this morning when verse 10 caught my attention. It says, “The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood.” The Flood refers to the flood of Noah’s time when he built the ark to escape the flooding of the earth. I likened this verse to our own lives as we are, in a sense, building an ark of faith. Noah did not wait for the rain to come in order to obey the Lord’s command. Instead, he persevered with hope in what was spoken by the Almighty by building the ark before the rain came. We also are trusting in what we hear the Lord telling us to do, and our peace rests in the fact that the LORD sits enthroned over our situation as well. May you agree with us in prayer that we will simply obey every prompting of the Holy Spirit, that only the Lord Jesus be lifted up and His will be done.

Our family is making a five-year commitment to the ministry in Italy, long enough for our son Caleb to graduate from high school. Our desire, though, is to remain in Italy for many more years that follow.We want to thank Teen Missions for allowing us the opportunity to pioneer a new ministry in Italy and for giving us the freedom that allows us to walk in faith without a set income. We want to thank each of you that continue to stand with us in partnership. Thank you for your prayers of intercession and your sacrificial giving. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you steadfast in His Truth. If you would like to receive our email updates or receive our specific prayer requests, please contact us at [email protected]

Sarah and Gabriela with some of the students at the beach.

Please pray for: – Our visa application process – Safety, health and spiritual growth for our team while traveling and hiking – Financial provision for our family

Thank God for: – David’s ordination as a minister – Safety, health and spiritual growth in our family – God’s financial provision for our family

The Lord Bless You,

David, Becca, Sarah, Gabriela and Caleb


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