A MESSAGE FROM AMANDA BELLEFY

Amanda Bellefyweb 7-2014Dear friends and family,

Thank you so much for your prayers.  I feel like I have just been through a spiritual battle and am emotionally exhausted, but I officially have my student visa for 9 months (August 14, 2015).
This morning I read from my devotions and read Psalm 94:19, which says, “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.”  From there, I made my way to the ministry and waited in line for almost 4 hours, but they told me that I could come back at 3 and they would have my visa waiting for me.  I went back at 3, and they told me that they were going to reject my visa.  I made my case and explained everything that I could, the best I could (I was speaking in Spanish) and she told me that I needed to go wait and she would talk to management about what they could do, but they were going to reject my visa.  I waited another hour before they called me again and they cancelled my current visa and started completing the paperwork for my student visa.  I honestly couldn’t believe it.  Then their computer wouldn’t print, but she was able to send the information to someone else’s computer.  Finally, I received my visa around 4:45pm and went back to the Bible school.  I praise God that He is in control of everything.  Thank you again for your prayers.

In Christ,

Amanda Bellefy

From the Schierkolk’s in Mexico

Dear WMF friends,

The missions department just recently finished putting together a great video about the various ministries in Mexico called Envision Mexico.  It’s about a half hour long and very well done.  You can find it at this address, http://aflc-wm.blogspot.com/2014/10/envision-mexico.html.

 

Blessings in Christ to all of you,

Todd and Barb Schierkolk

Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico

 

I Know Them

By Lynn Wellumson

We were invited and treated royally to a pastor and wife banquet hosted by the Gideon group.  They had a local barbershop quartet sing gospel music.  While they were singing, I realized I knew all of them.  The first tenor is a board member at the local arts museum.  I have attended several events and he knows me well enough to nod at me.  (It’s a local form of greeting that says hi, I know I recognize you, but please don’t talk to me.)  The second tenor I have never actually met, but I go to his garage every other month to pick up my food coop order.  The first bass was the treasurer at the Christian school in town and he trained me in for the job.  We also had children in the same classroom and our daughters were on the volleyball team together.  I hired him to paint my kitchen.  The second bass I recognized because I attended his daughter’s wedding years ago.

John 10:14 says “I am the good shepherd, I know my own and my own know me.” (ESV)  How thankful I am to have a Shepherd who knows me completely and still loves me enough to give His life so I can be His forever.

John 10.14

News from Amanda Bellefy in Ecuador

Amanda Bellefyweb 7-2014Dear prayer warriors,

I want to ask you for special prayer as I go to the ministry to present all of my paperwork for my student visa on Friday morning.  My visa will either get accepted or rejected that same day and my current visa expires on Friday.  Pray for continued peace and that God’s will would be done.  We serve a mighty God and right now I have to say that I have a peace that passes my understanding because I don’t know where I will be on Saturday, but I am ok with that because I know that wherever I am, God will be there with me and I don’t have to worry about it.  Pray that the devil wouldn’t get a foothold on me, my emotions, or even the people involved with helping me get my visa.  I have been incredibly blessed in my time here and have learned a new culture, a new language, made new friends, learned how to teach, learned how to serve, and have learned more how to rely on God, and I still have much to learn in my life.
I read this in my devotions this morning: I Chronicles 29:11-“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.  Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.”
Thank you for your faithful prayers.
In Christ,
Amanda Bellefy

Mission Cook Books

FullSizeRenderwebThe AFLC Missions Cookbook is available again for purchase. This cookbook is filled with recipes and pictures from your AFLC family and would make great shower, wedding and Christmas gifts.  Home Missions  will be selling this book for $20 plus $4 for shipping. The CD cost is $6 with $2 for shipping. Please email your orders or questions to [email protected].

Steadfast Love

By Liz McCarlson

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” –Psalm 90:14 (ESV)

This psalm has been a favorite of mine for a number of years. I think I started to like it so much when I first read it in my NIV Bible, which says, “…that we may sing for joy…” Being a musician, especially a singer, the idea of God’s love causing me to sing really hit a chord (pun intended). However, I have come to realize that when I was thinking of God’s love, I was thinking of it as this emotional, mushy, unicorns and rainbows, “everything’s happy” kind of love. Now, sure, God’s love can make us happy, and the verse even talks about us being “glad all our days,” but there’s more to it. If I’m not happy, does that mean God doesn’t love me? Or that I’m not experiencing enough of God’s love? That I’m doing something wrong? Well, yes, I am doing something wrong. I’m misinterpreting what God’s love truly is and in doing so, I’m making His love cheap, like the “love” I see in the world around me that is selfish, rather than selfless.

The heading in my Bible informs me that Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses. Like any good prayer, Moses starts out by praising God and reminding us how awesomely magnificent God is. He then goes on to say how utterly sinful we are, and how we deserve God’s wrath to be poured out on us. In this acknowledgement of sin and shame, Moses cries out, “Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!” It’s a plea for mercy—that the Lord would no longer turn His face from His people. Then we read, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love…” To be satisfied means to be in want or need of nothing. In Romans 5:8 we see what love is: “but God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s love involves sacrifice and giving us what we don’t deserve (forgiveness, grace) and not giving us what we do deserve (judgment, wrath). God’s love for us sinners was demonstrated at the cross. That is a love that I cannot fully comprehend, but I know it is true, no matter how I feel. And this love causes me to rejoice and be glad, even when my circumstances and the world around me are not “peachy-keen” because I’m rejoicing in the Lord (Philippians 4:4), in what He has done for me at the cross, and I am glad because my sins are forgiven and I have an eternal hope in my Savior, Jesus Christ!

Psalm 90.14