In writing this, I enjoy the sound of an answer to prayer – rain. Ever since I came back to Nicaragua, everyday topic of conversation has been how dry and hot it is. And it is true, never have I spent so warm August and September days in Nicaragua so my guess is that many now have received answers to their prayers.
We have just started a new school year and have received four girls from the mission’s course Testa Mission who will be here with us for nine months and develop in their faith with God and with us. In the mission’s school, they also have lessons and some practice with ten students from various congregations in Darío. It has been an intense but enjoyable start of the semester, and we look forward to a blessed time together.
For our Swedish students there are a lot of things that are new and surprising when it comes to getting to know a new culture. And positive surprises are usually welcome surprises. I was in Managua to meet with a lawyer to renew my Nicaraguan residency. On the way there I ended up in conversations about mission with my taxi driver who is also the leader of a Christian congregation. Before I got dropped off, he shuts off the engine and prays a powerful prayer of blessing over me and over my ministry. Not only did the taxi journey included prayer; when I got off, I hardly payed anything for the trip.
Solomon says: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Prov. 13:12 [NIV]). Hope goes hand in hand with faith. So whether we are waiting for the rain or other life events, the art of knowing what is within one’s control to arrange and what we with full confidence will need to submit to God to take care of in the right way and at the right time, applies. Beyond that, I never cease to be fascinated by how He in His great mercy always manages to amaze us with the gifts we have not even asked for.