Saturday, September 15, 2007

Showers of Blessing

At the church I attended when I was little, George Beacham, a missionary, led the singing. It was pretty obvious he loved to sing and one of the choruses he would always lead with great gusto was "Showers of Blessing." Now I'm sure you can imagine missionaries who came from rain starved locations loving this song...
"Showers, showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need.
Mercy drops round us are falling
But for the showers we plead."

Anyway, as I think about the things that have happened in the last couple of months, I feel like standing up and singing this one with great gusto because I do feel like the blessings have been raining down.

Here's one huge reason. Last year was an incredibly difficult year in the classroom for me. I had a group of kids that were extremely challenging. There were days I wondered if I had gone wrong somewhere in the process of setting up my expectations for them because every single day there was something to deal with! This year God has blessed me with an incredible class. They work together. They are kind to one another. They listen when I teach. But they've still got that spark to them that keeps the classroom interesting. It's a joy to get up and go to school every day!

Yesterday, I received another blessing. My church informed me that they will be taking on a significant chunk of my support when I return to Sahel Academy. It is such an incredible encouragement to me to know that they desire to have a part in praying for me and sending me to Niger! At this moment about 27% of the monthly support I need to go has been promised.
Wow! Wow! Wow!

What a faithful God I serve!
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