“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” -Galatians 6:2
This passage has come to my mind in many years past as I have sat with a friend who is crying, struggling, in pain or going through depression. I know what it is to carry someone else’s burdens, but what does it mean for someone to carry my burdens?
David recently had emergency triple bypass heart surgery after significant blockage was found in three major arteries surrounding his heart. While the need was a shock and recovery is no fun, we are extremely thankful for God’s grace and mercy in leading us to the heart catheterization test that revealed the blockage.
David’s goal for New Tribes Mission’s Facebook page in the month of May has been to reach 20,000 fans. Its is not for the sake of numbers, but because the numbers represent more people who are being informed about what God is doing among unreached people groups.
Throughout my last few weeks here at New Tribes Bible Institute I have had many conversations about ‘last events, last good-byes, last work days, last meals etc.’ One friend was frustrated because everyone was saying everything was the last of something. “It’s ridiculous!” he said. “How do people know it’s going to be last time for anything? People get the opportunity to do things again and see people again. Even if it is the last time for something here we still have eternity to spend with these people.”
For the last few weeks I’ve been studying Hebrews. I’ve been amazed to see how many areas Hebrews dives into. It starts out by telling us who Jesus was; not merely a man as some would like to believe, and not lower than angels as others would think, but higher and even separate from angels. Jesus is the very Son of God!
Praise God that David was able to be discharged from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. His longest walk since Friday was done in the grocery store on the way home waiting for his prescription to be filled.
The paramedics picked David up off the floor because he was too weak and nauseated to move. He had gotten up at 4:45 am Saturday morning with the intention of going kayak fishing before the forecast winds came up.
I was looking though tickets for my trip home for the summer when I realized I no longer needed to click on “round trip tickets”. I’ve been praying about whether to go home next year for a while, but the realization of what the decision meant didn’t sink in till I was looking for tickets.
While many mission organizations pay a comfortable salary for a home office positions, New Tribes Mission requires those serving at the home office and at missionary training facilities to raise financial support the same as co-workers assigned overseas.
Why would someone choose to serve with New Tribes Mission and raise support when they could do the same job for another organization and receive a salary?