And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” Minnie Louise Haskins
This famous poem sat framed on a bookcase in our home in India, and I would often contemplate the words. These words were memorialized in the speech given by King George VI in his Christmas 1939 broadcast on BBC. This past year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Who knows what this coming year will hold?
I look back over the two years since we first visited India in January 2012. It was a divine appointment that brought us to Rehoboth, and began this journey to serve God there. Two visits later and it seems that God’s timing is not ours, as we still wait for answers on several matters to be able to go there long term. We enter 2015 not knowing how God will answer, but putting our hands in his we will go where he takes us.
In a recent conversation with a friend I was likening our situation to playing the game of Twister, a game we played as kids. Spin the spinner and you have to place a hand or foot on the appropriate colour dot on the mat. Right now I feel like I have a foot on Vancouver Island where our home is, a foot in Vancouver where I work, a hand in India where we have made several trips now, and a hand in England where Alison’s family lives. Our parents are doing well, but increasingly need our support. I’m very grateful to have steady work that meets our current needs.
We ask that you pray with us during 2015 as we ask God to show us the way. I do plan to make another trip this year, the timing of which we are not yet certain of. Last year the trip was very short, but meant that I was there for the transition to the new school year. My thoughts at the moment are to go for a longer visit during my summer break. We are very much wanting to hear from God about this.
It’s also been on my heart to start a monthly or twice-monthly support group in Vancouver. This would be a close group of friends that want to pray for us on a regular basis, and connect with Rehoboth in prayer and practical ways. More on this in the coming month!