Dear Friends and Partners:
The widows left yesterday morning a little after 8 a.m. for their annual "Widow's Prayer March to the Sea." I can't remember when I have seen so much excitement among the widows going. As I said in my last update, this is the largest group that we have ever had make this trip, which required not only getting a larger bus, but also hiring a driver. Wouldn't you know it, the driver turned out to be a Christian. What a blessing. Also, they sent him with a larger bus (which was almost brand new) than what we expected at no additional cost, which means that there was more than enough room for all the widows and their luggage (which has never been the case in years past).
As many of you know it has not been possible for me to take this trip in a number of years and this year I thought that I was going to be able to finally work it out so that I could go. After the lesson that we studied this past Tuesday in the widow's Bible study I realized that there was just too much need at home for me to go, once again. We were studying I Timothy 5, particularly the 8th verse, where it talks about "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever," and I realized, as I was trying to cover all the bases for my family while I was away, that it just could not be done. Often times, it is easy to confuse what we think is "our high calling" with what God really wants us to see as his priority for us. It became abundantly clear after this lesson that what I would have liked to believe was my first priority, "my high calling," which in this case was to accompany the widows to Savannah, was not God's priority for me at all. His priority was for me to be an obedient servant, and if I was unwilling to do that, then whatever it was that I pursued, instead, as my "high calling," would be nothing more than an exercise in my own self-glory. What a tough pill to swallow.
The prayer conference starts this evening (and has already begun), so please pray for all the widows and conferences speakers that will be participating. Pray especially for Pastor Alfred Johnson, who will be speaking at 10 a.m. in the morning (Saturday). What a blessing Alfred and his wife, Dorothy, felt led to travel to Savannah this year to participate with the widows in this years prayer gathering and conference.
Thy Kingdom Come,