After returning from our orientation with CTEN in Texas we were slightly overwhelmed but encouraged about beginning our journey. This journey will be one reliant on the provision of our Lord. It is good to rest in His hands. So, we had this excitement, some training and were ready to take the steps necessary for sharing the vision for this new ministry. Why then did it feel like we were stepping out into the unknown? That’s always the feeling I get before our God fulfills His promise to us.
Here’s how we went from anxiety to excitement: David and Jayne Ann Harder, current CTEN missionaries in Cyprus serving with SAT-7, were back in the states on furlough. They were travelling through the midwest and were able to stop and spend a day with us. We had a nice dinner and an awesome time of talking and fellowship with them. They were able to share their experience moving their family and beginning ministry in Cyprus. Did you know that it’s cheaper to ship your furniture overseas than to buy it when you get there? It’s also cheaper to get your broken leg put in a cast in Cyprus than in the U.S. We’ll try not to live that one out?
Our visit with the Harder family was wonderful. It really gave us a closer look at the work that SAT-7 is doing in the Middle East and northern Africa. So many lives are being touched by hearing the Gospel from this ministry. They are broadcasting messages of hope and encouragement to people who so desperately need it. It reminded me of how badly I needed to hear that same message earlier in life. . .and how badly I need to be reminded of His love for me. Here’s an example of one life touched by this ministry:
“I watch your programs all the time. I’d like to learn more about Christianity but that is difficult in Iran. What can I do? The words of Jesus are too beautiful to describe.” — A Female viewer in Iran
The beautiful words of Jesus . . .