You Know Better than I

We spoke at Leominster Assembly of God last night. They were finishing a study on Joseph. After our presentation, the pastor showed the second half of the animated movie, Joseph: King of Dreams for the completion of their study. What a great movie; we want to see the whole thing now! One of the songs in the movie really spoke to us as it touches on some of the lessons God has been teaching us. The song is the backdrop of a scene of Joseph in prison after being wrongly accused of sleeping with Potiphar’s wife. The song has a powerful message about giving God control.

Better Than I
by David Campbell

I thought I did what’s right
I thought I had the answers
I thought I chose the surest road
But that road brought me here

So I put up a fight
And told you how to help me
Now just when I have given up
The truth is coming clear

You know better than I
You know the way
I’ve let go the need to know why
For you know better than I

If this has been a test
I cannot see the reason
But maybe knowing I don’t know
Is part of getting through

I try to do what’s best
And faith has made it easy
To see the best thing I can do
Is put my trust in you

For You know better than I
You know the way
I’ve let go the need to know why
For you know better than I

I saw one cloud and thought it was a sky
I saw a bird and thought that I could follow
But it was you who taught that bird to fly
If I let you reach me will you teach me

For You know better than I
You know the way
I’ve let go the need to know why
I’ll take what answers you supply
You know better than I

Genesis 50:20, [Joseph said to his brothers], “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”

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A Lasting Message

Our organization, while it could be characterized as fitting under the evangelical umbrella, is not connected to any one denomination, but accepts those that adhere to their statement of faith. Bible translation is a very specialized and technical field that many denominations wouldn’t have the capacity to do effectively on their own, so Wycliffe brings like-minded Christians together to work in this niche area of missions and service.

For this reason, while we’ve been traveling and speaking, we’ve been able to share about our ministry and the work of Bible translation in a variety of different kinds of churches–Assemblies of God, Baptist, Church of God, Congregational, Evangelical Covenant, Lutheran, Nazarene, Non-denominational, Plymouth Brethren, Presbyterian…I’m sure there are others that I can’t think of at the moment… We believe that the work that Wycliffe does benefits the ministries of all of these groups, and it’s great to be able to spread the word about Bible translation to those that hold the scriptures in high esteem.

In Massachusetts we’ve enjoyed the unique opportunity of connecting with several churches that have been lights of the gospel to their communities for more than 100 years! On Sunday we spoke at Pacific Union Congregational Church in Westport, MA. Started in 1855 this church is part of the Conservative Congregational Christian Churches (4C). It was in a congregational church in Massachusetts that Jonathan Edwards emerged and the Great Awakening began.

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Speaking at Parkwood & Visiting with Friends

We had the opportunity to share about our ministry at Madison and Regina’s church, Parkwood Community Church, on Sunday. We enjoyed our time. Ashley was with us, and she met some people that had graduated from Wheaton. We visited the church with the them last year as well.

It’s been great to visit with Madison and Regina. We’re keeping up our tradition of visiting with them just before and then within the first year after the birth of each of their children. Our last visit was just before Kai was born, and now it’s been about 10 months since he was born. We haven’t planned our trips this way…just how they’ve happened. Asher is now 3 years old and full of energy. Jeff has been having fun playing human crane with him :). Kai watches his big brother, and he has a great smile and loves laughing.

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Mission Conference Went Well

Just a quick update… our missions conference went well. We were inspired all over again to become missionaries. We’d never heard of Bill Wilson before the conference, and we’d never seen Marilyn in person. They were both great and inspiring speakers.

We met some other missionaries from this area, and enjoyed meeting with people at our table. Thanks for your prayers for this conference!

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Missions Conference July 27-Aug 3

We’re getting ready to participate in a missions conference in Swansea, Massachusetts at New Hope Christian Church. It extends over a week, and one of the featured speakers used to be a missionary with our organization. If you’re in the area, and want to check it out, here are some details:

We’ll have a table with information about our ministry set up at the church from Sunday, July 27 to Sunday, August 3.

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