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Missionary Candidates to Brazil: The Leamans

Posted on Jun 12, 2012

 

June, 2012

 

“Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”  Psalm 100:3

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Dear Friends,

God’s people understand there is a King! We all serve Him. He is sovereign. We live in and participate in the expansion of His kingdom. We who belong to the King are identified with Him. Biblical discipleship, my focus in Brazil, is all about helping God’s people understand how to live out this reality in every area of their lives.

God is a faithful and wise King who loves His citizens. These past months He has been showing me how to thankfully trust in His sovereignty through times of uncertainty. There have been so many questions recently. Will I be able to communicate through the web of contacts? Will the right people get the message of the mission both in Brazil and in America? Will I be able to provide stability and well-being to my family when uncertainty looms? How will I be able to gain the confidence of supporters? How much time can I put into current ministry without doing unnecessary damage to future planning and preparation? Will all the requirements be met in the necessary sequence so all those who are involved in the process will be satisfied? How can I have confidence when supporters lose interest? What will I do to provide for my family in the interim between now and departure? A host of similar questions could be added. No mere counselor can answer these questions for us. I have been reminded that these are the common kinds of questions that all of God’s people face. If I am going to help others through these kinds of uncertainties then I should have an abundance of working knowledge. My responsibility, in the middle of tough times, is to trust and obey my good and sovereign King.

In recent weeks I have been meeting with individuals for counseling. One of the constant themes is that God is in charge. He has the final say on our lives, and no man or power escapes His total control (Eph 1:21-22). Our problems usually come when we forget or do not trust that God is King. We forget or do not realize that we belong to His kingdom. We often serve the kingdom of darkness in our hearts and beliefs rather than the true King. Sometimes we think and act as if we were the king! These past months have not only been a good time of encouraging others, it has also been a perfect time for Leah and me to practice what we know is true. Praise God that He is King! He is our Creator and Shepherd. This is the comfort and guidance I pass on to others, while encouraging my own heart. What hope this gives!

Doug Leaman

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