A couple of weeks ago, as I sat in a church watching my video for the umpteenth time, I had an epiphany. As I heard, “on the surface these people appear jovial, but as you delve deeper into their lives you see the emptiness,” my mind jumped to America, where the exact same thing is true. Then I heard, “they try to fill the void with idols.” Again! That happens right here, all around us. They may not be physical idols, but they are definitely present. Then, as I heard how they “seek to find value from what other people think of them,” it resonated with me more than I care to admit. Sadly, even as Christians, we often try to find satisfaction from something other than God.
How is it that I can know my God, who loves me, and seek other things to satisfy my soul when there are people in the world like Rufina who have never even heard his name? Rufina, a high school senior from Benin, walked into Nouvelle Vie last month. When she heard the gospel preached she wanted to be forgiven of her sins. When the pastor's wife talked with her after the service, Rufina stated that this was the first time that she has heard about a God who loves her and wants to have a relationship with her. She said, "Will you show me how I can be sure? I don't even know what the name of this God is." Now she not only knows His name but has joined His family! :)
Please pray for...
1. The 200+ new believers from this summer to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
2. Wisdom in housing decisions.
3. Goodbyes and the roller coaster of emotions.