Anticipation. . . anticipation. . . is making me late. . .is keeping me waiting.
A melody written by Carly Simon dances through my memory as we prepare for our next trip to Africa. A feeling of excitement is racing through our hearts and minds. You see prior events raise the level of excitement as we contemplate the promises of God mixed with events we have already seen over the past five years. Words are completely inadequate to describe the amazement of watching the Holy Spirit move among a group of pastors. The sensation of seeing hearts awakened to the messages of Jesus and the powerful Word of God is astounding.
So we find ourselves expecting and looking forward to the wonder of God! This week alone has revealed shattered hearts, dreams and pain in the hearts of some missionaries. I see forethought in another dreaming of a missionary retreat that might benefit thirty missionaries in their area. They want to know if we can get together with them. Timing seems to be perfect as we bought tickets and leave in the next week. Some need rest while others need a shoulder to cry on. We can see that this three month trip will take us deeper still in the lives and hearts of so many.
I see the faces of orphans throughout Mpumalanga, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. They long for a personal connection that will demonstrate their worth in this world. Their eyes search back and forth for a connection. The smile on their face blossoms and validates your glance. All they want is to crawl in your lap and feel the security of those arms. Someone is going with us to do just that.
Today is pregnant with violence, division, deception, murder, hate, and illness. Leaders seem to be indifferent, detached and focused elsewhere. Political correctness has taken over plain reason. If a politician speaks, the words seldom match the behavior or result. What is to come of us and this world? God has already shown us. It is all prophesied in His Word.
We can never know about the days to come. . .but we think about them anyway! But this act of looking forward visualizes some of the pleasurable expectations of watching God work in our life and the lives of so many others. We have read the final chapters in His book!
Pray with us as we prepare, feel excitement about something that is going to happen. Because He lives!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.