God moves People to Show His Love

img_0957This week I had a chance to stop and visit Van Boi, Tin Hnem and James.   They are the family that Kay and I were so involved with last Christmas.  They have moved to Elkridge, MD.  It was good to catch up on all the news with them.  But I was really encouraged to hear they had found a church community of Chin Burmese numbering 500 near Washington, D.C. where they can worship God and grow in their faith.

In the light of my developing interest in the émigrés that are becoming part of our country I have had a fascinating week.  As I traveled during the week for my work I stopped in at the various headquarters of Serbian, Russian, Egyptian denominations.   While in Wash. DC, I saw Hispanics gathered at a 7-11 waiting for day jobs, a Methodist church which was housing a Russian private school, and a Vietnamese group was utilizing a church building on Gallows road in Fairfax, VA.  I saw an Episcopal church hosting a Hypothermia Shelter for a week.   The big picture is that God has an expansive tapestry of work He is doing with His church around the world.   We can’t begin to know the intricacies of what He is doing in the hearts of individuals to bring them to Him and to help them grow in their faith.

The micro-picture is High Point.   God has placed us here, He expects us to bloom where we are planted.   We need to listen to how God is speaking to us.  How does He want to use us in this great big plan that he has had in place since time began.   I want to be sensitive to the things I can to do with the Burmese refugees God has placed before me.

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About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on December 10, 2008, in H-J, T-U, Uncategorized, V-Z. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My friend John, who runs the Wesleyan Transportation Ministries, commented on this post in a phone conversation. He said take a look at the back side of any tapestry. It is a jumble of threads that don’t seem to make sense. He said we as earthly creatures are only seeing the back side of this tapestry that God is crafting. So we ask God, “You want me to do WHAT WHEN?” But itt is God who can see the big picture, we can fit in by being obedient to how He wants to use us in His plan.

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