Have you ever wanted to do something really radical for the Lord, yet felt inadequate or even fearful? Well, for you who have been following our story for the past eleven years (as we have been praying to find a place to buy where we can hold small Go in Peace Weekends in Bulgaria to help equip and build up the Bulgarian Christians) there were many times that we felt thus so.
But perhaps the most overwhelming time for us was just last week on the eve of the signing the preliminary contract to purchase the little hotel in the village. There we were lying wide awake due to jetlag, listening to the rain in the quiet dark of the village night and having our minds run a mile a minute with everything that must be done to move overseas. Should we really get out of the boat and try to walk on water (as our last blog post suggests)? Or should we just go back to the States to our comfort zone? Those were our thoughts as we tossed and turned on that long dark night.
But for me things always look more conquerable in the morning and thus with the raising of the sun this day would turn out to be no different. As Keith and I were sitting in the coolest outdoor kitchen we have ever had the privilege to be in while visiting Bulgaria we began our morning devotions. It was there that the Lord shed His light on the subject and again gave us a peace that surpasses all understanding (see Philippians 4:7).
Some of what He spoke to my heart was that He wants to finish what He starts in our lives, if we will let Him.
And as we were listening to Through the Word (a really cool app that we might even translate unto Bulgarian) what spoke the deepest to my heart as the pastor was teaching from John chapter 18 were these words: “Pilate knew the truth. But he lacked the courage to follow through.” That’s when I thought I don’t want to lack the courage to follow through with what God has put on my heart for over eleven years. The pastor went onto say: “That’s the problem today! . . . [Referring to our lack of courage.] Living truth requires a whole lot more courage than denying it.”
Those were the words I needed to hear to boaster my sagging spirit. You see, I want to get out of the boat! And I want to walk on the water! So with peace in our hearts we signed the preliminary contract, gave a hefty deposit and are now under contact to complete the purchase of the hotel by January 14, 2015.
Matthew 14:29 [Jesus] said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.
So Bulgaria here we come! Soon we will be posting a blog post about how you can be a part of our team. There are various needs: Prayer Team, Moral Support Team, Communication Team, Logistics Support Team, and Financial Support Team. Stay tuned for more information. We are looking forward to your comments and questions.
Enjoying the grand adventure, Keith and Cherie