No surprises…

It’s been a heavy week.  There is no denying that.  It started with news that one of our children in one of our closer communities passed away.  She would have been turning 13 years old this year.  She was born with HIV, not even having a chance in life, and died of an associated illness.  It’s one of those moments where I got angry and sad reflecting on how unfair life can be.  We also found out some of the youth leaders we have been raising up in a few of our communities, have fallen back into destructive patterns of living, which also brings sadness, disappointment and sometimes even a hopelessness.  The questions lingers, “Is what we are doing really making any difference?”

In addition to these reminders that have weighed on my heart, there have also been a few other events this week that have served to remind me that we are living and working among vulnerable, desperate people, who because of their circumstances are somewhat forced to make poor life choices that have consequences on not only their own lives but on the lives of others around them.

It has not been easy.

And yet, at the same time, in so many things I can see how God is clearly moving.  We have been preparing this week for church mobilisation training in one of our communities in the Congo.  Our vision at Hands at Work is to see the local Church in Africa effectively caring for the dying, orphans and widows, and unified in this mission with the Church outside Africa.  This year we have such a focus on “awaking the sleeping giant”, stirring up the local church here in Africa and within our communities to be all that they are called to be.  It’s a huge mandate and responsibility, but I am honestly deeply expectant for how God is going to show up and move this week in Kikula Community, DRC.  Pray with us that God will have his way in this training and that the church will arise and take up responsibility in this community and in all of the communities we work in across Africa.

I am reminded that God is Sovereign.  The dictionary defines sovereignty as “a supreme ruler”, “possessing supreme or ultimate power”.  I translate this to mean that there is no higher authority or power than Him, and I believe He is always still in control regardless of the situation or circumstance I am in.  I do believe that He will work out His will and purpose in the lives of those who are genuinely seeking Him.  Now I realise this is dangerous territory, and I am not saying that God makes bad things happen in lives our intentionally.  I am also not saying that his sovereignty negates our free will.  But both of these thoughts are much longer and deeper theological discussions best left for another day.  (And I am confident there are many concepts our finite minds cannot fully grasp this side of eternity!)

What I am comforted by is the fact that ultimately I believe that God is in control and that nothing takes Him by surprise.  Even when many things take me by surprise.

4 thoughts on “No surprises…

  1. Love and prayer coming your way Mel. God bless and comfort you. You are making a difference in lives and being a light. Well done. Good and faithful one. Press on. We are cheering for you! Michael and Valery xx

    1. Go girl. Always interested in seeing what u are up to. You are certainly doing amazing works & an inspiration to us all. Glad u had a wonderful time with mum & dad as well. May God bless you. Xy

  2. 3 steps forward 2 steps back, the life we choose when we volunteer to help others, also been a horrid wk with tj, at one point felt like 20 steps back, but all we can do is hang in there, and trust god to look after the rest, and hope its al in his plan.
    love and god bless melissa
    missed seeing u yesturday at jades baby shower, always weird when someone missing, we had a lovely day and jade got some great bay gifts xx xx scotty dean pete tj went out with joel to pub and pool etc etc they had typical boy fun day an great time catching up xx

  3. Mel, you’re an inspiration. You are truly alive in Christ sister! Keep going, you’re doing so well, sounds really hard. Alex xx

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