OK, so it is taking us longer to move than we thought. What a trial this has been. Have you ever noticed that everything cost money? Even with the great favor we have been shown, the volunteer help, and donations, we are living out of the hand of God.
Which is really where we want to be, in fact we wouldn’t have it any other way. I was reading in “My Utmost for his Highest” today and it spoke of “The compelling purpose of God.” Jesus had a purpose from God and pressed in and achieved that purpose. We on the other hand think we know what God wants for us and we press in to that avail. Only to find that this Christian life is really a series of test and trials, victories and defeats that ultimately bring us to the real goal of God for our lives. I say “COOL” bring it on. I have found that living day-to-day trusting God each step is way better than trying to see the end that may never come.
Only when we make God our true source, do we really find the meaning of life. Happiness eludes the one who continually tries to work out the plan of God for their life. But great joy lies in the one who finds him or her self content on looking to God daily for Manna. Most would say that is too hard. I say worrying about tomorrow is harder than resting in the fact that God has it under control.
Well enough of the preaching. These pictures are as of 8/4/08. We are moving the last of the Second Chance offices into the building. Today we move the training classes for Second Chance to the new building. We are still limping with the phone service; our T1 line should be hooked up within the next week or so.
Bill and Sherry Gibson will start with us today. They have been long term friends of Mariaelena and I and have years of experience working in outreach, and ministry. They are both ordained ministers and have a great heart to reach-out to the needy, do missions, and preach. The icing on the cake is they are great administrators. Bill is one of the hardest working men I have known. I had the privilege to work with him in California for many years before we moved to Lakeland.
One of our first goals (there are many but remember not our will but HIS) is to expand the ministry of The Outreach Center of Central Florida and enhance the work of Wings of Eagles International by bringing in higher quality commodities to supply to the needy both here and abroad.
We have assembled a container load of items that will be shipped to India to North Indian Community Outreach NICO for short. www.nicoindia.org The items will be used to help furnish their new facility. Their ministry reaches the northern area of India where it is illegal to convert people from Hinduism. We are proud to support their work not only with this container but financially and with Pastor and Leadership seminars and marriage and women’s conferences. Mariaelena and I will travel there this November from the 2nd to the 16th.
We will also be in Turkey from September 14th to the 30th preaching, and holding leadership meetings. Mariaelena will hold a women’s conference in Spanish for a Spanish-speaking group that lives there.
Keep us in your prayers as we do all our partners. And remember keep the cards and letters coming…
Don and Mariaelena Steiner