October 5, 2015

As Easy as 1, 2 . . . . . 3?

Bramalea 2015 HANDS Team:

When we were last in Belize at New Life Christian School, our second trip in the summer of 2013, we were already making plans for a return in 2014. However, as they saying goes, "life is what happens to you while you are planning for other things". 

So as we started to make our plans for 2014, things DIDN'T start falling into place they way we thought they would. At the time, we thought this a strange thing and if we believed in "luck" or chance, we would just say that things were not lining up on our favour. However, we believe in a sovereign God, the Alpha and Omega, the One who knows the beginning from the end. While we were having challenges getting organized and getting our calendars aligned in Canada, our hosts in Belize (Ruth and Mario Ku) were both experiencing some health problems that required hospitalizations and surgery. We praise God that they have both recovered and are doing very well. 

So as 2014 came and went, we set our sights on 2015. Surely it would be God's plan for us to return to continue serving with EduDeo and working at New Life - wouldn't it? As we started to make plans things were starting to come together and there was a core of men at Bramalea Baptist Church who were committed and ready to go. Then began a series of twists and turn that delayed to start of our preparations. Through all of these, we became convinced that this was not God closing the door, but rather the Enemy trying to trip us up on the threshold. As we prayed, we saw God remove the barriers and then things started to happen very quickly.  

On Saturday September 19th, we held our fundraising event were approximately 80 family, friends and the extended Bramalea Baptist Church family gathered together to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner and a very fun (and competitive) live dessert auction. That evening raised nearly $3,000 and put us over the top for our collective fund raising efforts. Way, way, over the top! God was definitely holding the door open for us and saying "don't trip"!  

Then we move forward to October 4th, 2015 when the Pastors, Elders and Directors of Bramalea Baptist Church prayed for us and commissioned us to go.  

So we are excited to go, each one of us not knowing exactly what to expect as we go, but with 100% confidence that it is exactly what we are supposed to be doing, and exactly where we are supposed to be. Easy!  

Ephesians 3:20-21 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

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