1 Corinthians 16:5-7
1Co 16:5 But I will come to you whenever I go through Macedonia (because I am going through Macedonia),
1Co 16:6 and I might stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me wherever I need to go.
1Co 16:7 Because I do not want to see you now just as a stop over. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows it.
If all goes well, by the time this is posted, my wife and I will have arrived back in New Zealand, after visiting two countries in Africa. That will make four different countries we have visited so far this year, either as Asia Pacific missions area directors, or as global trainers. These trips help us to see what God is doing in different parts of the world, and gain a better perspective on the people he has gifted his church with, and the problems they face. It is not always fun. In fact, sometimes we are overwhelmed by what we see. But, by God’s grace, we hope to be an encouragement, and to be encouraged. There is no substitute to going and spending time with these holy ones whom God has sent.
LORD, raise up a team of heroes who have the time to spend with those you have placed on the mission field.