One of the hardest moments of the past month was going to these women who have been prayerfully believing for God's provision and telling them that their job was no more. The elderly feeding program that these women cooked for was ending. The program not only fed the elderly in the community, it provided a consistent source of income for each of the women to provide for their children. As I spoke, I could see the rising stress on all their faces.
It broke my heart still further to inform them that funds were inadequate to cover even their housing. The past two years we have rented homes for each of the women so that they had a safe place to live with their children. Before New Vision these women were living in tents by the river – until a flood washed away everything they owned. I could see the women thinking back to that time; remembering helpless feelings… Not knowing where to go or what to do. They were all quiet. No questions. No comments. Just lost.
I have done my best to encourage them to stay strong in faith and to keep praying for God's provision. Asking them to remember God's faithfulness and how He has provided for them in the past. That He knows their struggle. That He knows what they need. That He will never leave them. They all agreed and said “God can do all things.” But I could read the fear and uncertainty on their faces… No job. No home. No money. No food… Fear of the unknown.
I’ve felt helpless, wishing I had a solution; that I could push a button and make everything better. But their struggle is far bigger than me. But isn’t that when we turn in confidence to God; knowing that He is BIG ENOUGH? The majority of my time and effort has been spent praying and encouraging the women to stay strong in faith; to believe for provision and to remember that God holds each of us in the palm of His hand. We are His children and he will never forsake us. I have been reminded of Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is being sure of what we Hope for and certain of what we do not see.” They may not see their house, their job or food, but faith is certain that in God all these things will be done!
I praise God that our Bible study has also been a source of encouragement and strength. The subject and timing of each lesson has “coincided” so well with the struggles they have faced. It has been a sweet time of coming together to support one another through the Word of God. We have had some powerful prayer times where the Spirit of the Lord was present and powerfully moving in our hearts. I have been blessed to see how some of the women have completely changed their attitude toward their struggle. One woman in particular, Necillia, has been such an encouragement to me as I have watched her become filled with courage and hope. She has even brought some of the women together for additional times of prayer – specifically for God's provision and for the ministry He is doing in Kalalan.
In the midst of challenges, it is easy to get overwhelmed and focus on the problem. We must strive to remember that God has promised us strength in suffering, peace in the chaos and hope through Jesus Christ. Romans 4:18,20 says,
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many
nations...yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but
was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that
God had power to do what he had promised.”
Please stand with us in prayer as we believe for God's promises and power to manifest in the lives of these women. Pray for continued faith-building; that against all hope we will in hope believe for God's provision and bring Him all the glory. With God there is always Hope.
If you feel led to get involved to help these women and their children, you can click here to go to my donation website. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more information. Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement as we continue to stand in the midst of struggle and dare to Hope.