05/07/2016: Our Faithful God

Our Faithful God

Panama

 

“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9.

Working in the Lord’s vineyard, we have experienced God’s faithfulness, goodness and love in many ways. His promises are clear; we just need to claim them. What a wonderful God we serve!

Our year has been full of challenges, but we have not been left alone. Instead, we have claimed His promises for our own: promises like the ones found in The Ministry of Healing, pages 248, 249. “We are not to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects, make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down. ‘Let him take hold of My strength,’ says the Mighty One, ‘that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.’ Isaiah 27:5. Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend. If in our ignorance we make missteps, the Savior does not forsake us. We need never feel that we are alone. . . . In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. . . . There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy.”

Helpers take a break to explore the farm.

Here at Living Springs, we have seen how God provides for every need and difficulty! We have been praying for God to send us the right help for the farm and other aspects of the ministry. In our area, it is hard to find help during the harvest. God was gracious to us last year because during July and August some relatives came to visit and encourage us, and while here they helped us with the corn harvest. Their help was such a blessing, and the Lord gave us a bumper crop! By ourselves, it would have taken several days to gather the harvest, but what a difference those extra hands made. We are so thankful to the volunteers who gave us their vacation time to come and help, and to those who brought us much-needed supplies. God faithfully sent us the help we needed at the time we needed it most.

The corn harvest reminded us of God’s call to go work in His field. In Matthew 9:37, He tells us, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.” May God encourage those who are not yet actively involved in some form of ministry to get active! Time is running out and the Lord is waiting for more volunteers.

Besides keeping up the farm, one way we have been able to reach out to our community is by helping those suffering with various heath challenges. Out here in the country, people come to us for help at any time of day and any day of the week. One day as we were getting ready to go to work on the farm, a lady called Aminta and her husband and son appeared at our front door, saying that a friend had recommended our services. Aminta needed help for her brother who had cancer that had metastasized. She said he was getting weaker and more fragile by the day. Even though her brother’s family did not believe in natural remedies and had determined to continue with the chemotherapy treatments, Aminta carefully listened to our recommendations, and tried to help her brother through his terminal illness. Although her brother passed away, she and her family were very thankful for our help.

Later, Aminta brought several other family members to get help with their health conditions. She even brought a brother who is Jehovah’s Witness. After visiting with us and asking many questions, he allowed us to have prayer with him. When we read Exodus 15:26 to him, he took his smartphone and searched for the text in his Bible. After reading it aloud himself, he said, “I have read this text before, but I never realized that it says Jehovah heals us.” He went away very thankful for the help and full of hope that his problem can be cured by Jehovah’s grace.

Another family came to get help for Porphyria, an older lady with cancer of the esophagus and major depression. Porphyria refused any kind of medical intervention until finally the family persuaded her to give God and His remedies a chance. When she came to us, Porphyria could only drink small sips of liquids. Now, by the grace of God, she can swallow capsules and even eat food. Her family and friends are very amazed by what God is doing in Porphyria’s behalf.

An Indian family in front of the pickup which the Lord provided in answer to prayer.

We want to thank all our partners in faith who contribute to this ministry and uplift us in prayer. In spite of the many challenges, we have great promises, like the one found in 1 Corinthians 1:9: “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” When God calls, He also fits us for the work and provides for the needs that arise. From the time we arrived in this country, we have needed a pickup truck for the farm, and have been praying for God to supply it. We praise God that He has given us a brand new pickup! We want to thank all those who let God use them to answer our prayers and provide us with this wonderful blessing.

 

Thank you again to all who help this ministry be carried out. We wish God’s richest blessings to each of you!

 

By Zaida Acosta of Living Springs of Health and Education. 4livingsprings@gmail.org. Support for this project may be sent to Mission Projects International, PO Box 59656, Renton, WA 98058, marked “Panama.” To donate online, visit www.missionspro.org.

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