Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"... So he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" Psalm 107:30b, 31
Our praying friends and family in the Lord,
Desiring Since the middle of 2009, it has been our desire to love and labour in the field of Bulgaria. My wife and I prayed to that end, and by faith prepared for it's realization. We are very happy to announce (and grateful to God for all his provisions making it a reality) that, Lord willing, March 11th we will depart for our 'desired haven'. We are heading to Bulgaria to lend whatever hand we can, as Missionary Matt Welch returns for a six month furlough, in easing the burden his departure will bring; and to prepare for the work the Lord would have us to do. God's goodness is beyond description, and all his gifts unspeakable. We are blessed! "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:4
Speaking of 'the desires of the heart', recently, in the midst of packing our belongings for shipping, my wife's engagement ring slipped off her finger. We made a diligent search of every possible place it could have been, but came up wanting. My wife was sick with worry and remorse. However, by the grace of God, I was cheered. We had just witnessed three months of God's richest and miraculous blessings in providing all we needed to move overseas. I was confident that the God who could raise support, secure a vehicle, facilitate shipping, and reserve plane tickets, could find a little lost ring. Sure enough, two weeks later, in a purse she had received as a gift, and had tucked away, my wife found her ring. Someone told her, "My scientific brain tells me God didn't put it there, and if it were me, I'd rack by brain trying to remember how and when it got there!" But I prefer Hannah's explanation, "For all I know God might have put it there just so that I could find it. I believe He is capable of doing things like that. I am thankful I lost the ring, because I prayed so much about it, that when I found the ring it was such a revelation to me. I felt so special. It suddenly struck me that the God of Heaven was so interested in me that he would answer even the smallest request." And what a revelation that is, to know that our God's not only interested in the 'big picture' of us getting to, and sustaining us while on the field, but also in each and every of the smallest details of our lives. What confidence that provides us, that, come what may, be it big or small, be it a great sum or pennies, in life or in death, our God is with us, to aid us in our time of need!
Praying. "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:" 2 Thessalonians 3:1 It has been our great privilege on deputation to both renew, and to make many new acquaintances. Such is the nature of deputation: not only is it the necessary burden to secure support enabling a missionary to go where God calls him; but also the means of meeting and forging loving friendships that will span the ocean. The Lord has so ordained it, that we cannot labour independently; we are bound one to another in the fulfilling of the great commission, as senders and sent ones; but how gracious the Lord has been to Hannah and I, in that you are our supporters; that we are not names on a page, absent from your presence, and so absent from your thoughts, but that your care is felt in your words of encouragement, and especially your prayers. It's a wonderful blessing to know there are yet thousands who have not 'bowed the knee to the image of Baal'. "Brethren, pray for us." Thessalonians 5:25 As you have, so continue to do, and more. We have enjoyed your company in America, in your churches, and your homes, but how much more do we need you now, as we take our leave of you. Pray that God will help us in learning the language, especially. Pray for our family: that Hannah and I would be Spirit-filled parents, and that our little boys will be saved, and fall in love with Jesus. Pray that God will fill us for use on the field. And if you think about it, pray that our car sells.
Farewell. As this is the last prayer letter we'll be writing from America for a while, I wanted to say 'thank you'. The Lord has certainly used you all to be a blessing to us, and in turn we pray the Lord uses us to be a blessing to others. We love you all. "The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." Numbers 6:24-26
"Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace;
and the God of love and peace shall be with you." 2 Corinthians 13:11
Because of a living Saviour,
The William LeFevre Family