January 2008 Prayer Letter
What's New in the Coffee Shop...
“Fear and God shouldn’t go in the same sentence,” said David, a new believer I met in a coffee shop. “I mean think about it. You serve God and he knows what’s around the next corner. Why should we FEAR when the guy we’re living for knows what’s coming next? Instead I like to think of life like an adventure!” The simplicity of it could only be captured by a baby believer.
Living in Colorado for the past month and a half has been eye opening. I have had to slow down, meet new people, and wait on the Lord. As I look back on 2007, this is the common theme: slow down and wait. I had to slow down after leaving Prince of Peace youth ministry and then wait to see what the Lord had next. I had to slow down when I left the comforts of Dallas to be in Colorado and then wait EVERY DAY to see what the Lord would have me do. When I am forced to wait, I must answer the question, “Do I really trust God?”
Coffee Shop Talk...
Harry was the most interesting person I met in the past month. An intelligent man in his 60’s who laughed in my face when I told him I believed I could have a relationship with God.
Again the theme of “waiting” came up. I had to sit and listen as he openly bashed all I have ever believed or held to be true. The aggression towards God was evident with every word he spoke. “Christians act like they know everything. I asked my evangelical aunt one time ‘What about Buddhists and Hindus?’ and she said, ‘They’re just wrong.’ Why do Christians think they are the ONLY ones who know truth.” I just sat there nodding and kept praying, “Lord tell me something to say!” But I got nothing… and so I waited.
After listening to his heart, the Lord spoke to me “You will seek and find me if you search for me with all your heart.” (Jer29:13) And so I said, “Harry, I pray that you keep searching for truth.” He just smiled and looked at me like I was crazy. As he got up to leave I just prayed that the Lord would reveal the truth of Jesus Christ to our friend Harry. (To read more about Harry and other adventures, check out my blog! www.jamieeng.blogspot.com)
What's Coming Up...
As of today I have less than a week until my feet touch Ecuadorian soil. I have said my goodbyes and am packing my things wondering what the Lord has next. I leave January 14th at 7:30 in the morning and will prayerfully be in Quito that night. I’ll be staying at a SIM guest house and then off to Loja the next day. What’s next? I have NO IDEA, but one thing I can say with certainty, I am walking with the one who knows what’s around the next corner. Adventure here I come!
Time to Pray
* Pray that I would have a safe travel to Ecuador
* Pray for goodbyes that they would be sweet and not too sad
* Pray that I would get all my stuff in my luggage and that I can get my 3rd bag all the way to Loja without having to pay extra (might as well pray for the impossible!)
* El Sendero Café—that the Lord would draw University students to himself… in search for the truth
*Pray for Maria and Susi, two women who were baptized in Loja this month. This is a big step as it publicly identifies them with Christ.
*Pray for my Spanish —that the Lord would make my brain a sponge
*Praise that I’m at 100% of my support!
*Praise that my brother and his wife are having a baby.
*Praise that my time with my family was wonderful.