We get to share these needs with different people and churches a great deal and many times when we do we get asked the question..."why are they like that?" or many people will say.."you know they are like that because...." and they'll have a hundred reasons for the needs that are present and the circumstances that come from them. The first question I often want to ask them is ... "what is that??" they are like what?? I want to say if it was that simple don't you think that someone would have "fixed" the problems already. Don't get me wrong- the question of why is a legitimate question and the asker is often asking the question from a pure heart, but to try and answer it completely would be nearly impossible. The truth of the matter is... the only answer I can come up with is one that comes straight from scripture and it comes from John 9:2-3.
His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?" "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus,
"But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life."
I'm not at all saying that the people here are without sin, but what I am saying is that when the situations, circumstances, and people (whom many have deemed hopeless) are changed with the power of the Gospel, God's work is displayed in an all the more unbelievable way. When we see God changing a culture by changing lives it is no doubt that it is only by HIS power, and praise God that we get to be along for the ride!!
I say all of that to say this: Please continue to pray for the work that God is doing here on the reservations, especially in the village of Cockleburr. This village is so close to our heart. There is so much need and work to be done that, at times, it is overwhelming. We desperately want to help Cindy and her family as much as we possibly can. Just this week, we went back to put tarps on the roof of her house so that when it rained this weekend hopefully they would get a little less wet.
|Eric even had a little helper from the village|
Thank you so much for your prayers and remembering us as we love and minister to these villages and people!