It has been over fifteen years since I last left for the mission field. That time I was headed for Puerto Rico alone. This time I’m headed for Nicaragua, with a husband. Yet many things about the two experiences are very similar. It never gets easier to leave the people here in the States you know and love… In fact, if any thing it gets harder the older you get.
It is always a time of great pressure and uncertainty. There are a million things that need to be done, and even so, you’re likely forgetting something important.
Additionally, there are always things in the future that you just don’t know about, and it seems you can’t even get the information you need to make intelligent decisions! So, it is very natural to be afraid...
Moving by Faith
Moving by Faith is similar to “walking by faith” in that both are a lot easier to talk about than to do. In past years I've struggled with exactly what it meant to walk by faith and initially realized I didn’t have a very good grasp of what “faith” actually meant.
After a good deal of study and prayer I came to understand this definition: "Faith is believing what God says even when everything I can see, feel, and understand tells me it is not so.”
So as we choose to move by faith, we choose to obey God and move to Nicaragua, even though at this point we can’t understand, see, or feel how that will be best for us, or for those we love.
That doesn’t make it any easier, but it does help us make the right decisions, in obedience to God’s clear leading.
Moving by Faith
When we wrote last month we’d signed a purchase agreement, but had no closing date on our house. As of this writing, the house closed on June 20th, and we have until July 30th to vacate the house.
The moving company is coming July 21st and 22nd to pack all our belongings, and load a forty foot container to send to Nicaragua. We have been spending every spare moment we could trying to sift through the contents of our house and decide what we should take, what we should toss, and what we should attempt to sell at a yard sale we have planned for the week-end after the container leaves for Nicaragua.
However, since family and friends know we’re leaving shortly for Nicaragua, they’ve wanted to see us and spend time with us when they could work it in their schedules, so we’ve been trying to juggle visiting with them around the packing.
Movng by Faith
Life is always full of choices, but when you aren’t moving, many of them are almost on the subconscious level. When a move is staring you in the face, all that changes. This is particularly true when the move is international! I’ve actually never moved internationally before, since technically Puerto Rico is an American possession.
There are so many unknowns in our future that it can truly be terrifying, and I must admit that from the time we received the offer on the house until about a week and a half ago, I was frequently struggling with a spirit of fear. Yet, the Lord reminded me that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Satan will always try to keep us from following the Lord by scaring us with all the bad things that might happen, but he can’t do anything at all to us unless the Lord allows it. And Romans 8:28 reminds us that God is working all our experiences out for our good and His glory. So there is no
reason for fear.
But if we forget the promises of God, and look at all the “unknowns” about us, we’d be so paralyzed by fear we might actually disobey God and miss His richest blessings on our lives.
So now I’m regularly choosing to accept the Lord’s spirit of Power, love, and a sound mind, instead of the spirit of fear that comes from Satan, not God.
Moving by Faith
Please pray for us. Pray for:
- strength to get everything done that must be done before the movers arrive
- wisdom to choose what should and should not go with us
- peace so we can sleep when we finally get to bed at night
- protection as we travel between the end of July, when we leave our house, and August 18th when we fly to Nicaragua
- protection of our belongings in transit, and that nothing will arrive damaged, broken, or be stolen during the move
- honest and fair customs agents when our belongings arrive in Nicaragua
- the right house to rent where we’ll be able to have reliable internet access to facilitate communication with those we love here
- the power of the Holy Spirit on our lives so we can quickly find the most effective ways to serve the Lord, and the Nicaraguan people when we arrive
- unusual ability to acquire the Spanish language for Dennis, and to understand the Nicaraguan
mindset for both of us
- continued financial provision so we can be of the most help to the people and churches there
Moving by Faith
We are thanking the Lord for His clear leading, his provision, and for each of you, our faithful supporters.
Giving Thanks Always
It is only by His enabling power that we are able to go, and although leaving those we love is never easy, we are thankful for the privilege of serving Him.
Electrifying for Eternity,
Dennis & Sherilyn (Nutting) Thompson
P.S. Please note, our sending church's address has changed to the new Pastor's, since we don't actually get mail at the church.
Central Baptist Church
c/o Pastor David Simpson
483 County Road 300 North
Sullivan, IN 47882
The church accepts tax deductible contributions for us.