Carrie Roush is a young woman Diane and I are friends with who has made a decision to follow Jesus. And the Holy Spirit has impressed upon her heart and called her to move from West Virginia to Haiti to minister among the people there. I love it that we have a friend whom God has called to be a long-term missionary in Haiti.
George and Carrie Ortiz are friends of ours. They have 4 sons and live in Providence, RI. They have made a decision to follow Jesus. George has a remarkable story about losing everything and gaining everything. You can read it here. God called George and his family to start a ministry feeding people on the streets of Providence. They prepare hundreds of meals and feed hundreds of people every week. They have also been having church worship on the streets with the people who live on them. I love it that we have friends whom God has called to feed hundreds of people on the streets of Providence, RI every Saturday.
Todd Lugli is a friend of ours. He has made a decision to follow Jesus. God has called Todd to schedule and lead short term mission trips to Haiti. Todd is also a pastor to pastors in Haiti, teaching them the Gospel and training them. I have been there to see him teach and encourage pastors there. I love it that we have a friend whom God has called to lead mission trips to Haiti.
Hannah Foreman is a friend of ours. She has made a decision to follow Jesus. Hannah will graduate from Marshall University in May. At a conference at the end of December in Kentucky, God called Hannah to some type of mission work. He hasn’t revealed exactly what He wants her to do yet. She got her passport in the mail yesterday. I love it that we have a friend who is awaiting instructions from God about where He is calling her to go.
God has called Diane and me to live in relative comfort in Short Gap, WV and called me to lead a small church here. As much as I envy Carrie, George and Carrie, Todd, Hannah, and others i know, and as much as I can look at what God has called them to as more exciting and important than what He has called me to, I know I am where I am supposed to be. And to some of you reading this blog, you could possibly feel that way about Diane and me – that what we do is so much more exciting and important than what you do. But that’s not the case. What’s exciting and important is knowing you are where God wants you at this time.
2 Timothy 4:5 has Paul urging Timothy to ‘…fulfill your ministry.’ No matter where God has us or what He has us doing, every follower of Christ has an important ministry. God calls some to dangerous places, some to difficult living conditions, and others of us to relative comfort. But wherever you are, you have an important ministry. And for those of us in relative comfort, which is most of us reading this, I have no doubt that part of our ministry is to pray for those we know who are called to go. And another part of our ministry is to show our support for His work by financially supporting their work on His behalf. You may know someone who needs your prayers and support. Here are links to the ones I mentioned: