Prayer Update – 19th March 2014

Greetings from a slightly less desiccated Jos!
 
We have had our first rains for many months.  The kids were running around outside in excitement, and if I’m honest so was I!  There is an amazing smell that comes with the first rains and then a freshness in the air.  The banana plants no longer look exhausted and dusty but bright green and thriving.  It will probably still be quite a while before we get really regular rainfall but rainy season is definitely on its way.
 
This past weekend, extending on into Tuesday, we had our annual Nigeria Group Spiritual Retreat.  Tim was busy with organising it once again, planning it to a T and making sure that everything ran smoothly while we were there.  It was a great time for our whole Group to be together, strengthening relationships with each other and with our LORD.  Our theme was God of the Impossible. One of the talks that particularly challenged me was looking at the passage in Daniel with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  The speaker pointed out that although they knew that God had the ability to save them from the furnace they also accepted that he might choose not to and that with that knowledge they were still willing to serve Him.  It encouraged me to remember that even if situations do not work out the way that we think is “right”, we can still glorify God by our attitudes and our continued trust in his good plans.
 
Tim is currently being energised by new responsibilities.  He has been asked to step up and and take over some of the responsibilities from a colleague who along with his family have decided to remain in the USA and take an assignment there.  A big loss to us – but the opening of a new door.  Tim is now the Operations Directors for Nigeria Group, currently covering IT and finance, but eventually also facilities.  Pray for wisdom and clarity as he jumps in to learn the ropes and get to know the team.  Also be praying for some good solutions to the 6 positions that are either open or soon to be open on the teams.
 
Thank you so much for your faithful support and prayers.  Without you, we could not be serving God here!
 
We would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to pray for us . . .
 
Praise
A great Spiritual Retreat, a time to set aside our work and focus purely on growing together in God
The first rains have come!
 
Prayer
Rejuvenation for Tim as he recovers from the intensity of his work at Retreat
Wisdom and selflessness for Tim as he takes on his new role
For Dan who in the last 24 hours is unwell and not keeping much water down. (he is doing okay now) but Ali may have picked it up!

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