Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Yes, I realize this is Missions Monday, on Tuesday! I am beginning to see that our internet is much slower in the evenings, so it makes it more difficult to post. I should plan ahead next time and put it in my schedule to write on Monday mornings and not wait until the evening.
This last weekend was bittersweet. Anytime you are going to do a great work for God, you can just about be reassured that Satan will try to stand in your way. This time was no exception. We are fragile human beings and we fall way to often. Having come through ... and persevered, we can now look back and praise God for His grace! His strength is perfected in our weakness... 2Cor 12:9
Three of us were able to go to the Colisseum on Friday. Guards eyes were closed while we passed out several hundred tracts and many Bibles. It is amazing to think that we were doing this in the very place where thousands of our brothers and sisters in Christ were martyred so many years ago. Did Paul think about any of this as he possibly watched this great place being built? ...
We exhausted all our tracts on Friday, so this left us with a wonderful problem. What to do about the upcoming Sunday Easter M*ss? Saturday turned out to be a busy day preparing. We decided to buy a printer/copier. The morning was spent going to get this. We printed out several tracts and then ran out of ink way to soon! My determined husband then spent the next several hours going from place to place trying to locate the correct ink cartridge! He was told more than once that it was not possible and that he would have to wait until Monday. Praise God he finally located a place that had one on it's shelf! We are also praising God for a bike to get around with. Without it, this process would not have been possible. More tracts were then printed until we ran out of ink again.
Sunday morning three of us went again to Rome. All of our tracts were passed out AND all of our Bibles. We are now left with our German tracts that we will take up to Germany and maybe 30 Italian tracts that we will pass out as God directs. We ask you to please pray that the tracts we have had shipped here will arrive soon and without harm! The Italian postal system can be inconsistent when it comes to good service.
Thank you again for all your prayers. Our main hope and prayer is that the seeds that were spread this last weekend would take root and grow! If just one person comes to know Christ, it will be well worth it.
... These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country... But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.