Lately I (Chris) have been overwhelmed with a feeling of encouragement knowing how many people are supporting us (both financially, prayerfully, and in moral support). As a missionary, living far away from daily interaction with so many we love this is a HUGE encouragement. I also have been thinking of the fact that this consistency is a symptom of our supporter's faith in God and desire to live sacrificially for Him. This is just where we want to be and we are spurred on knowing that our supporters desire to be in this same place. This is made evident by their consistent giving, praying and reaching out.
Learning to live off the "support of others" is an act of faith for us. It is truly counter-culture, as a man, to surrender one's provision for his family to faith. I know this is what God wants of us (no matter if we are missionaries or not) but right now the rubber is meeting the road in my belief that God will provide for all our needs. He IS providing and he IS building my faith in the process.
So, as you are reading this I hope and pray that you see that stepping out in faith (in everything -- but finances is often the toughest surrender) is a step worth taking. As God calls, He always provides and then builds our faith for the next, often bigger, step.
To our supporters -
Whether you know it or not, you are part of our faith walk and an incredible encouragement to us. Your constancy blows us away and makes us thankful for so many deep and significant relationships with each of you. Please know you are valued and that we are together, desiring to live lives of sacrifice for God's glory and so that all the world will hear the name of Jesus and be discipled to walk in His ways.
Ferry's In The Jungle
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Lately, the question, "How are you doing?" or, "How do you feel?" has been the dreaded, unanswerable question. You see, we have lived in Costa Rica for 8 months now and will be leaving to move to our final place of ministry, Ecuador, in August.
Thus far we have adjusted well but are now entering the "end of the honeymoon" phase of living abroad while looking forward to another big change...moving to Ecuador!
Emotions are running high in the Ferry house. This exhibits in tears, frustration, fear, hope, grief, excitement, anger, a desire to withdraw oneself socially and much more.
Each member of our family has been struggling to put words to and order these many emotions. So, we posted a key to help us identify our current state and communicate said state with our understanding (and albeit often confused or bewildered) family members.
Although this phase can be difficult we are increasingly thankful for this opportunity to dig deeper as a family and learn more together. We are learning more about daily walking in the Spirit, not allowing our emotions to rule our behaviours and extending grace at every opportunity.
Philippians 1:6 ...he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion...