Wednesday, 1 August 2012

God is Faithful

Hello everybody!

I know I haven't given you an update in a little while and I should definitely give you a quick one. I am half way through the last camp of the summer and it has been super exciting so far. I will update all of you later on the amazing things happening at the camp here in Bielsko Biala.

But for today I want to talk to you about something that has been on my heart lately. I posted a few weeks ago about an amazing opportunity to stay in Poland for an extended 3 months. It is something I have been considering and praying about for a while now and  after my last camp in Jastrzebie God touched my heart and told me one thing. You need to be staying in Poland. So I began to tell some people back home and started the process applying for a visa to remain in Poland. I even had a suitcase of fall clothes brought over last week.  I began to get very excited about staying and seeing all of the areas I could continue to serve in here in Poland through until December. I prayed that I would be the Lord's servant and follow him wherever he wanted me and most of all I prayed for the the youth here in Poland, and God moving in their lives.

The anticipation was overwhelming and I could barely contain my excitement about staying here, continuing relationships, discipling students, having bible studies, and loving the people in Poland. I could feel God calling me here. I switched my mentality about the next 4 months of my life to ministry in Poland, not to Canada and I began to prepare for that.

God is sovereign and he has a plan for my life and after yesterday I got a clear message that for now that is no longer in Poland.

After much preparation, phone calls, letters, documents, the possibly of receiving a visa in Poland fell through and it broke my heart yesterday as I realized I am going home in just over a week's time.

I love Poland.

And I know God is faithful and has a plan for my life. It hurts me that I have to leave Poland, and I have to leave the Josiah Venture family. But I don't think that this is the end here in Poland. God is pressing the pause button. Maybe it is because he is preparing me for even bigger things. I don't know, but I know he is in control and so I will follow him back to Canada on August 9th.

I am so blessed to have my hope in Christ, he is my comfort in times of confusion, pain and brokenness. As I spoke at camp last night about hope, and about what God has been laying on my heart, it was clear to me that he knows best and he loves me and he will guide me through the next chapter of my life, through these uncharted waters.

I am overwhelmed with a heart for Poland. I am in love with this country and with the people here. I am so grateful for every opportunity I have had to share the love of Christ over the last 60 days I have spent here. I will share more about what he has done here in a few days after camp. But I want you all to know my heart right now.

Please pray for me as I focus on the last 4 days of camp and want to remain present with the campers. Please pray as my future still confuses me and I am mending a broken heart having to leave Poland. Please pray that the campers here in Bielsko would understand that God loves them and is pursuing them and they need him in their life.

Thank You

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