Friday, November 16, 2007

11/17 Devotional and Prayer Focus

I guess I have to go ahead and post according to the Away Team's days so that you know what they are reading, since they are ahead of us. (This time difference stuff is really playing with my head!)

Today's devotional is fondly shared by Aaron Harris.

Today's reading: 2 Corinthians 7–10

And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. –2 Cor. 8:1-4

Paul was in the same place that you are in. He sees a people that give out of their nothing. Yet they are so joyful to do the Lord’s work. No money can buy that kind of service. When I was in Mussoorie, I saw the same thing as Paul did, a people that gave and gave. No matter how much I tried to give, they gave back even harder. Their joy was evident and contagious.
Watch and learn from the staff and the leaders. Their faith is real, tangible, and genuine. That is what you need to see and understand. Leave Mussoorie having a greater understanding of what it is like to live by faith, to have your personal and business finances given to you by the living God—not from making a good business decision, or having the next hot product—but by God himself and completely unexplainable.
Lord, I ask that you will give us new eyes to see the way You take care of your children. We too were once orphaned and set on a path of destruction, yet You came to save us and You brought us into your family. I ask that You will fuse the business mindset with the living-by-faith mindset. Let us totally trust you for all that we do. Give us new and exciting ways to do things. Help us to think outside of our own wisdom and rely on Your wisdom. Amen. —shared by Aaron Harris

Praise God for the team's safe arrival in Mussoorie and for the impact this journey has already had on David Matsuura and his daughter, Grace. Pray for the Sunday service as the team has the opportunity to serve the Boys Home, that more folks both on the team and at the Boys Home will be impacted with the movement of God among them.

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