Beyond today

 ‘If we could see beyond today as God can see’,  ……’  A beautiful hymn, yet how many of us know the true meaning of the last refrain? ‘We cannot see what lies before, and so we cling to Him the more’. 

I found it difficult to watch my husband leave alone for Romania, in what seemed a longer mission trip.  Waiting, remaining behind again?  But these days draw us nearer to His presence, assuring us that ultimately the One who controls all our delays is holding us in Higher Hands.  As I closed the door of B5, the silence was deafening, someone was missing!  My thoughts turned immediately to those for whom this is normal.  We question circumstances, situations  without realising that these can be precious days of proving the extent of His love for us through our personal relationship with Him.  ‘Have you entered the storehouse of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?’ Job 38: 22-23.  A storehouse filled with resources, reserves sufficient for each day – where instead of questioning, His overshadowing presence calms our hearts, our longing, our quietness.  John Henry Jowett wrote ‘God comforts us not to make us comfortable but to make us comforters’.  May we always make time for others.

 ‘If we could see beyond today as God can see’,  ……’  A beautiful hymn, yet how many of us know the true meaning of the last refrain? ‘We cannot see what lies before, and so we cling to Him the more’. 

I found it difficult to watch my husband leave alone for Romania, in what seemed a longer mission trip.  Waiting, remaining behind again?  But these days draw us nearer to His presence, assuring us that ultimately the One who controls all our delays is holding us in Higher Hands.  As I closed the door of B5, the silence was deafening, someone was missing!  My thoughts turned immediately to those for whom this is normal.  We question circumstances, situations  without realising that these can be precious days of proving the extent of His love for us through our personal relationship with Him.  ‘Have you entered the storehouse of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?’ Job 38: 22-23.  A storehouse filled with resources, reserves sufficient for each day – where instead of questioning, His overshadowing presence calms our hearts, our longing, our quietness.  John Henry Jowett wrote ‘God comforts us not to make us comfortable but to make us comforters’.  May we always make time for others.

Pastor David McFarland telephoned one evening to ensure all was well in B5. As friend to friend I shared my longing to return to Romania.  Ending our conversation, David left this verse with me: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted’ Job 42: 2.  This verse laid hold on me so much so, I felt His steadfast love surround me, revealing that in every circumstance,  every event, His purpose, His plan was being worked out for my good.  Oh that I might know Him in a deep personal relationship assured that the One who calls me is faithful and He will do it.  These are days of waiting with a thankful heart for where I am just now. I ask myself: ‘Dedicated or Discouraged?’  Only I can answer.

Dr Moore had ‘busy days’ incorporating his own role of responsibility in Emanuel University, ministering in Manastur Baptist Church, Cluj,  with the added responsibility of overseeing my role within Casa Grace Foundation and Emanuel Hospice.  In his meeting with Marinela and Estera he became aware of the increase in suffering and the  sorrow within the ever increasing numbers whose days are short and filled with pain.  They come seeking hope in their sadness and despair.  The Lord offers comfort, solace and strength for every day by giving us personal resources from His storehouse. Their days of fear can be replaced with days of faith and trust.  May His word challenge and convict as we faithfully tell them ‘The Story of Jesus’.  The Lord is always intimately involved with individual lives.

FEBRUARY  has been a staggering month of loss especially ‘my little ones’ and teenagers.  Baby Florin, Little Deborah, Emanuel (15). John (18) –  Melanoma skin cancer, who after a period of remission  was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer spreading to his lungs and liver.  John passed into the presence of the Lord a few days ago. A young Christian widow buried her only daughter (12) battling a brain tumour.    The sound of silence fills many hearts and many homes.

NEW PATIENTS:

Two young mothers suffering from advanced cancer.  One lady has a baby of five months, the other a child of two.

DADA:

Her Bone Marrow transplant went well and as I write, Estera has just emailed informing me she has been  discharged from hospital and is thrilled to see her brothers after so many months in hospital.    Pray for this little lamb, only five; she has many miles to travel.

CONTINUE TO REMEMBER:

‘A’ a gentleman of  (48) – advanced brain tumour, paralysed and unable to communicate. Pray for his wife and their little adopted daughter (4). His time is short. ‘M’  a lady of (48) suffering from breast cancer and recently diagnosed with multiple bone metastases. She is a widow and her son has just commenced university. Pray for assurance in this situation where they feel all is hopeless.  ‘L’  a lady of (47) dying from gallbladder cancer. Pray she will open her heart to the message of salvation before it is too late.

CASA GRACE FOUNDATION:

Monika and Mihai accompanied my husband visiting needy families.  The work of Casa Grace is vast, reaching the unnoticed, those who are constantly ‘passed by’.  From recent telephone conversations with Monika, many are drowning in despair.  Who will care?  These are people who have lost their way, without God,  without  hope.  We need to care.

Casa Grace maintain strong links and personal involvement in the  lives of those others ignore or choose to  ‘pass by’.  Pray for them as a team as they focus on the orphan, disabled, abandoned children.  Little Adam really needs our prayers these days, he struggles to breathe during the cold and winter days of Romania. He spends many weeks in hospital.

NEW CASES:

A lady ‘E’ (50) suffering from a stroke, totally paralysed needs the Lord.   A young lady ‘R’(38) who has lost two children, her long awaited third baby was stillborn.

Brother Stepan, a member of the Casa Grace team underwent surgery a few days ago.   Please pray for him and his family that he will know and feel security for today and tomorrow.

DORA: was patiently waiting for her ‘visitors’ especially the one from Northern Ireland bringing lots of birthday gifts.  Dora  now 31, is keeping relatively well, still as adorable as ever.  ‘If Sister Shirley cannot come to see me, can you take me home with you to see her?’.  The wise professor explained the situation and after much thought Dora decided to recite Psalm 23 for Sister Shirley,  it was word perfect.  These are the days I miss; these are the memories I treasure.

 IOCHEBED:

The work of Iochebed, Suceava (12 hours by car from Oradea) has been involved in various projects for women and teenagers during past weeks.  A time of witness, sharing the love of God,  offering food, hygiene and much needed resources to those in desperate circumstances.  Sister Nicoleta has nine children (ages 2 – 17) washing by hand each day for eleven people is not an easy task.  We give thanks to the Lord for enabling Tell Romania to provide a much needed washing machine and pray that through this practical love in action, her husband may come to know the Lord.

Love in action, love in any language can be spoken from our hearts,  we may not always understand the words but actions are clearly understood.  We are encouraged as we see the evidence of showing the love of God in practical ways.    Brother Lajos – a trophy of grace.  Ishmael’s father now being baptised within the next few weeks.  Love can be displayed in many aspects, we just need to show we care.

A lot of pain just now, obviously we all receive a certain measure of distress in our lives recognising the Lord has a purpose in sending such our way.  A few evenings ago I was reading ‘Hymns and their Writers’.

Fanny Crosby, blind, composed treasures that bless and touch our hearts to this day.  Horatio Spafford, who, after the devastating circumstance of the Chicago fire, experienced the loss of his four darling daughters in an Atlantic shipwreck – yet penned ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ George Matheson, threatened by blindness, forsaken by his beloved fiancée, penned one of the most beautiful of hymns: ‘O Love That Will Not Let Me Go’.  Personal experiences behind the penmanship that knew the pain of suffering, loss …. yet all could see clearly His hand, feel His breath of comfort. Each trial has a loving purpose that only eternity will reveal.  Let His healing mend your hurt.  ‘I will give you rest’.

O joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee,
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

Shirley, 21 March ,2018

Dr. Moore returns to Romania mid April to host another International Conference in Emanuel University.  We also plan to transport the many items for the various projects:  Cighid Adult Orphans, Iochebed, Casa Grace Foundation and Emanuel Hospice.  PRAY FOR US.

 

Pastor David McFarland telephoned one evening to ensure all was well in B5. As friend to friend I shared my longing to return to Romania.  Ending our conversation, David left this verse with me: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted’ Job 42:2.  This verse laid hold on me so much so, I felt His steadfast love surround me, revealing that in every circumstance,  every event, His purpose, His plan was being worked out for my good.  Oh that I might know Him in a deep personal relationship assured that the One who calls me is faithful and He will do it.  These are days of waiting with a thankful heart for where I am just now. I ask myself: ‘Dedicated or Discouraged?’  Only I can answer.

Dr Moore had ‘busy days’ incorporating his own role of responsibility in Emanuel University, ministering in Manastur Baptist Church, Cluj,  with the added responsibility of overseeing my role within Casa Grace Foundation and Emanuel Hospice.  In his meeting with Marinela and Estera he became aware of the increase in suffering and the  sorrow within the ever increasing numbers whose days are short and filled with pain.  They come seeking hope in their sadness and despair.  The Lord offers comfort, solace and strength for every day by giving us personal resources from His storehouse. Their days of fear can be replaced with days of faith and trust.  May His word challenge and convict as we faithfully tell them ‘The Story of Jesus’.  The Lord is always intimately involved with individual lives.

FEBRUARY  has been a staggering month of loss especially ‘my little ones’ and teenagers.  Baby Florin, Little Deborah, Emanuel (15). John (18) –  Melanoma skin cancer, who after a period of remission  was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer spreading to his lungs and liver.  John passed into the presence of the Lord a few days ago. A young Christian widow buried her only daughter (12) battling a brain tumour.    The sound of silence fills many hearts and many homes.

NEW PATIENTS:

Two young mothers suffering from advanced cancer.  One lady has a baby of five months, the other a child of two.

DADA:

Her Bone Marrow transplant went well and as I write, Estera has just emailed informing me she has been  discharged from hospital and is thrilled to see her brothers after so many months in hospital.    Pray for this little lamb, only five; she has many miles to travel.

CONTINUE TO REMEMBER:

‘A’ a gentleman of  (48) – advanced brain tumour, paralysed and unable to communicate. Pray for his wife and their little adopted daughter (4). His time is short. ‘M’  a lady of (48) suffering from breast cancer and recently diagnosed with multiple bone metastases. She is a widow and her son has just commenced university. Pray for assurance in this situation where they feel all is hopeless.  ‘L’  a lady of (47) dying from gallbladder cancer. Pray she will open her heart to the message of salvation before it is too late.

CASA GRACE FOUNDATION:

Monika and Mihai accompanied my husband visiting needy families.  The work of Casa Grace is vast, reaching the unnoticed, those who are constantly ‘passed by’.  From recent telephone conversations with Monika, many are drowning in despair.  Who will care?  These are people who have lost their way, without God,  without  hope.  We need to care.

Casa Grace maintain strong links and personal involvement in the  lives of those others ignore or choose to  ‘pass by’.  Pray for them as a team as they focus on the orphan, disabled, abandoned children.  Little Adam really needs our prayers these days, he struggles to breathe during the cold and winter days of Romania. He spends many weeks in hospital.

NEW CASES:

A lady ‘E’ (50) suffering from a stroke, totally paralysed needs the Lord.   A young lady ‘R’(38) who has lost two children, her long awaited third baby was stillborn.

Brother Stepan, a member of the Casa Grace team underwent surgery a few days ago.   Please pray for him and his family that he will know and feel security for today and tomorrow.

DORA: was patiently waiting for her ‘visitors’ especially the one from Northern Ireland bringing lots of birthday gifts.  Dora  now 31, is keeping relatively well, still as adorable as ever.  ‘If Sister Shirley cannot come to see me, can you take me home with you to see her?’.  The wise professor explained the situation and after much thought Dora decided to recite Psalm 23 for Sister Shirley,  it was word perfect.  These are the days I miss; these are the memories I treasure.

 IOCHEBED:

The work of Iochebed, Suceava (12 hours by car from Oradea) has been involved in various projects for women and teenagers during past weeks.  A time of witness, sharing the love of God,  offering food, hygiene and much needed resources to those in desperate circumstances.  Sister Nicoleta has nine children (ages 2 – 17) washing by hand each day for eleven people is not an easy task.  We give thanks to the Lord for enabling Tell Romania to provide a much needed washing machine and pray that through this practical love in action, her husband may come to know the Lord.

Love in action, love in any language can be spoken from our hearts,  we may not always understand the words but actions are clearly understood.  We are encouraged as we see the evidence of showing the love of God in practical ways.    Brother Lajos – a trophy of grace.  Ishmael’s father now being baptised within the next few weeks.  Love can be displayed in many aspects, we just need to show we care.

A lot of pain just now, obviously we all receive a certain measure of distress in our lives recognising the Lord has a purpose in sending such our way.  A few evenings ago I was reading ‘Hymns and their Writers’.

Fanny Crosby, blind, composed treasures that bless and touch our hearts to this day.  Horatio Spafford, who, after the devastating circumstance of the Chicago fire, experienced the loss of his four darling daughters in an Atlantic shipwreck – yet penned ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ George Matheson, threatened by blindness, forsaken by his beloved fiancée, penned one of the most beautiful of hymns: ‘O Love That Will Not Let Me Go’.  Personal experiences behind the penmanship that knew the pain of suffering, loss …. yet all could see clearly His hand, feel His breath of comfort. Each trial has a loving purpose that only eternity will reveal.  Let His healing mend your hurt.  ‘I will give you rest’.

O joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee,
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

Shirley, 21 March ,2018

Dr. Moore returns to Romania mid April to host another International Conference in Emanuel University.  We also plan to transport the many items for the various projects:  Cighid Adult Orphans, Iochebed, Casa Grace Foundation and Emanuel Hospice.  PRAY FOR US.

 

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