Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tent-maker Pulls Up Stakes

Some of you have asked what I meant when I mentioned “major changes in my life” in previous blog posts.  Well this post has all the details!

For quite some time, I had not been enjoying my work.  I really enjoyed the technical aspects of my work, but there were significant changes with the administration that made life miserable.  Several others (mainly Christians) had left in the past year too; some voluntarily and some involuntarily.

My employment contract in Jeremie was up for renewal the end of May this year.  I was asking the LORD for direction. I prayed asking; “Am I uncomfortable because you want me to learn a lesson, or because you want me to move on?”  I got a clear answer!

It was the anniversary of the January 12 earthquake that rocked Haiti and my world.  I was at home, feeling under the weather with a cold. Two coworkers came to my door and I invited them in if they weren't afraid of my germs.  They had been sent on a pressing mission, which I didn't yet know about.  They were carrying a letter for me.  It said…

This letter is to inform you that your employment (contract) with us has been terminated as of today’s date.  We regret to take this action against you, but we had no other options.

We would ask that you kindly vacate the living quarters you currently occupy by 5:00 pm, Friday, January 16, 2015.


I was left shaking in shock and surprise the same as Haiti was shattered after the earthquake.  And then I realized God had answered my prayer!  It was undeniable that it was the LORD’s will for me to leave the organization where I had been working.

As I broke the news to my friends in Jeremie, I was uplifted by their support. Two walked me home from church one night.  We stood outside the gate of my house in a huddle crying.  I am now convinced that God used the organization to move me to Jeremie for the friends at the little church I attended.  I didn't realize how much they loved me, nor how much I love them!

Moving Day Picture
Question for thought: Is it better not to love than to love and be loved but feel such pain when we can no longer be together?

“Free at last, free at last!  Praise the great LORD Almighty, I’m free at last.”  So, what’s next?  I’m too busy now with ministry and don’t have time for a job yet!  I plan to show movies during Carnival in Cayes (this weekend).  Next weekend I plan to attend the Fellowship Bible Church World Outreach Weekend.  Shortly after I get back to Haiti I plan to host a Fellowship Bible Church construction team to put a roof on the Oasis of Faith Church in Maissade.  After the construction team leaves, I plan to return to Jeremie to show movies in the Grand’Anse for a month to wrap up all of the movie showings that were already scheduled, plus some.

Please pray that the LORD will give me patience as he reveals the road He’s preparing for me to walk down.  Is it another tent-making position (there are several possibilities in sight), or is my work to shift more towards ministry?  Pray the LORD will put it in the heart of the organization to give the final pay per my employment agreement.

Now you know the major changes that are taking place in my life! Thanks for your prayers!

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