Paul and Angie Winter have published their 2014 Autumn Newsletter.
You can download it here – its in PDF format
No one ever said the life of a missionary would be easy. One week back from annual leave, I find myself facing a legion of trials, pressures and frustrations. A meeting called at short notice by the police to discuss the antisocial behaviour of a small number of clients, building repairs, fragile relationships, difficulties with insurance and security alarms, an assault on a team member, and an excluded client who seems intent on making a nuisance of himself. All this set against the constant pressure of deadlines, long hours and the ongoing burden of Mission finances.
Enough to make a person wish he could have stayed on holiday!
There’s nothing new about any of this of course. The Apostle Paul had more than his share of pressures in his ministry, and yet he used a strange word to describe his response to these things. Content. Yes thats right, he said he was content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities (2 Cor. 12:10).
In the original language the word translated “content”means to approve of – to think well of a thing! I find that both challenging and empowering.
Challenging, because in and of myself, I am naturally prone to feeling frustrated, short tempered and grumpy when things don’t go the way I want them to go. (I know that this is hard to believe but you can ask my wife and she will confirm it is true.)
Empowering, because there is a key here to flipping obstacles, difficulties and problems, to see how they work for me not against me.
In a nutshell Paul’s argument is that things that produce weakness in his life leave him aware of his need for God’s power in his ministry. Moreover, God desires His strength to be seen in Paul’s life. What seems like a setback, a problem, a disadvantage, becomes God’s opportunity to show His power!
Two things seem to be foundational here. The first is God’s ability to make everything that happens work for our ultimate good (Rom. 8:28). The second is that by the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to see our circumstance through the lens of Romans 8:28!
It doesn’t come natural for us to see opportunities in disasters or possibilities in disappointments. Sometimes the blessings( come so heavily disguised, we find it hard to see how any good at all can come from what we are going through.
And yet, this verse encourages me to believe that by God’s help, I can choose how I perceive my circumstances. I can, by the Spirit’s enabling decide to “think well”of the difficulties and challenges I am passing through.
And I can testify, that kind of contentment is well worth experiencing!
An open day with a difference!
9.30am to 4pm
Please register your plan to come by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a comment on how you know us.
Help Needed for;
- House clearance and skip filling
- Food stock checking and rotating
- Cleaning, windows, floors, shelves. (Please bring bucket and cloths)
Please bring a packed lunch.
-At lunch time we will give an update and overview of MCM’s Narrowgate projects and exciting future plans.