Thursday, January 31, 2008

Great News, Sobering News

Yesterday we received a note from Jan Korbel, a missionary to Kenya whom we support, that her support level is finally high enough for her to depart for Nairobi. Jan originally planned to leave last October but the Lord delayed her, and only he knows why. But certainly this season of waiting has been trying, and yet the measure of the pain has now become the measure of joy in her release to go and serve where she is called.

This morning I received a forwarded message through a pastor friend of mine from a pastor who's living in Kenya, and about whom I've blogged two or three times. At last word, he said he and his loved ones were safe but now he reports that two of his best friends were killed last Monday and that fierce violence has broken out again. They have little hope of finding food or other supplies, and his house is filled with orphans and widows and other needy people who have no where else to go.

Please take a few moments and obey Hebrews 13:3 with me, "Remember those in prison as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated since you also are in the body." Brothers and sisters in Christ, though they are far removed from us physically, we are one with our siblings in Christ and they desperately need us to stand with them now.

Isn't it interesting that in this harrowing time, the Lord has seen fit to release Jan Korbel to go there and enter into the suffering of the people. The call to ministry is the call to suffer with Christ, that we may also know the power of his resurrection. Please pray for Jan, and the Care for Creation team in Kenya. Pray that the Lord will use her as one means by which to infuse the gospel into an exceedingly tragic situation.

Thank you for standing with me on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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