The Trial of Your Faith
German theologian Jürgen Moltmann underwent a personal identity crisis during his experience as a POW in World War II which eventually led to his conversion to Christ. Writing later of the importance of Christian identity, he asserted that Christian identity becomes most evident when threatened. This is true of other Christian virtues: “In exile one seeks home. In alienation one seeks identity. Love is revealed in hatred and peace in conflict.”  I might add that faith is revealed in trials. The difficulties of life reveal the true character of the Christian. Peter reaffirms that the trials of the Christian life prove the genuineness of our faith (1 Pet. 1:7, NIV).
Has your faith ever been tested? Mine certainly has over the past year. This time last year, Carla and I were praying about and struggling with the idea of returning to Africa. I remember well the intense soul-searching and agony. We didn’t know what to do! Finally, after much struggle, we assumed the challenge of raising over $60,000. I am pleased to report to you that God has enabled us to raise sufficient support to return to Africa! We are very pleased, and we say, “Praise the Lord!”
We have made flight plans already and will depart from Nashville, Tennessee at 10:38 a.m. on Monday, December 29. We should arrive in Nairobi, Kenya at 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30.
Between now and then, we have a lot to prepare: international driving permits, entry visas to Kenya, purchases for items to take with us, packing, etc. We also want to spend some special time with friends and family before our departure.
We request your prayers as we make this transition. Thank you in advance for your support and prayers. Your support has made it possible! We are excited!
Many of you have made pledges to support our ministry, thank you! Without your continued financial support and prayer, we will not make it.
Moltmann, J. (1993). The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology
(pp. 17–18). Minneapolis: Fortress Press.