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

Amanda Bellefy in Ecuador

Dear friends and family,
I want to thank you for your prayers.  Today I presented my papers to the ministry to see if I had everything I needed for my student visa.  I had a little scare the beginning of the week because the school told me I had to go to Quito for classes after I had already paid for classes in Cuenca, but praise the Lord, the ministry said that the papers looked good and accepted the school in Cuenca.  I still have to get the school’s registration notarized and have them put a seal on my certificate, so please pray for these things.  I will go back on November 14th because that is when my current visa expires and I can hopefully get my student visa.  Pray that God’s will would be done.  This week I had a hard time and had to refocus and realized that I am God’s servant and I am willing to be where He wants, whether it’s here, back in the states, or someplace that I don’t know.  Praise God for that peace that passes all understanding.

In Christ,
Amanda BellefyAmanda Bellefy 10-24-14

Message from Todd and Barb Schierkolk

Dear WMF friends,

These last months have seemed to fly by for us in some ways.  We’ve had several eventful moments starting last May.  Our daughter, Kirstie, was born in Mexico (not last May :))and so we’ve never really had any problems with her documentation until we were unable to drive out of the country due to the security situation that still continues in Northern Mexico.  That forced us to fly out of the country and with recent changes in the law, now everyone in Mexico is required to have either a visa or a passport and Kirstie had neither, only a birth certificate.  So, after a lengthy process, Kirstie finally received her Mexican passport . . . . in Houston, Texas at the Mexican Consulate there this past May.  That was a huge and wonderful relief!

 

We had a great VBS the end of July with about 80 kids present and had some great help from our youth group kids who helped with classes and did puppets.  Several moms pitched in to provided food for the group each day.  Praising God for some great comments from parents.  NOW we need to see those kids come into our weekly Kids’ Club on Tuesdays!

 

We headed up to the USA again this August to help our second daughter, Megan, make a big transition to her new college after finishing 2 years at our Bible School in Minneapolis.  What a blessing her years at Bible School were for her!  Living in another country we have been so grateful to God for AFLBS and the way God has helped our girls make the transition to living in the United States at that school.

 

Thank you all for the continuous encouragement you have given us through your prayers, support and gifts to us.  We are very grateful to you for your help in sharing the wonderful message that Jesus gave us.

 

In Christ,

Todd and Barb Schierkolk

Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico

 

 

Kvale’s Fall 2014 update

Hello Dear Ministry Team!

Attached is our latest prayer letter. Thank you SO much for the words of encouragement, personal prayers, and affirmation in the Lord following last quarter’s prayer letter. We are privileged to serve with you (who keep us going and challenged to keep focused) in this capacity for the sake of the Bible-less.  A new project began for Steve, September 1st, as you will see in our prayer letter and below is a specific Wycliffe prayer request for this second week in October if you would like to join us.  Last week we got to sit in on the celebration for the Bible dedications that have taken place this year so far. Sure wish you could have been there with us!  We will be excited to tell you about them in our December newsletter!  Do continue to share any prayer requests with us that we can join you in as well.

Serving Him alongside you, Steve & Glenda Kvale, AFLC Missionaries on Loan to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Wycliffe USA

Pray for meetings during the second week of October happening in Asia. This year there will be a special time set aside to collaborate on Scripture translation as there are several organizations gathering that are focused on this task. Pray that the Lord will deepen and expand the partnerships and personal relationships so that effective projects can begin. Ask God for His strategies to begin and continue the work.

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