Wednesday, December 23, 2015

on infusing faith to others

As we've shared our news, we have been so humbled to see how our story has strengthened the faith of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That God would be able to use this whole circumstance not only for our good, but for the blessing of others is simply astounding. Below is one of the emails we received that was a tremendous encouragement to James and I, and such an expression of rejoicing with those who rejoice. Our friend Mike relates events from the first week of November, when we traveled south to participate in a missions conference. 

This truly is a miracle only the Lord could orchestrate -- and to me, it's not only an extraordinary outcome, but this news comes at a miraculous time of the year.

Kristen and James, I'll never forget hearing your testimony during the dinner at the conference just a few short weeks ago. It had many of us in tears as we listened to you describe not only what both of you had been through so far, but the way you continued to put your trust in God, despite what seemed inevitable.

At the end of the conference when we interviewed the two of you on camera, that faith continued to show through, even as James had to step aside because his cough was so bad that night.The two of you were graceful in your acceptance of the circumstances -- and you demonstrated that grace and your faith in every word you said.

And now, to hear this amazing news is such a blessing to all of us. When I spoke praise in my prayers yesterday at dinner, my wife -- who'd heard your dinner testimony -- burst out in tears. We've been celebrating with you ever since.

In homage to our Old Testament roots, there's an old Chanukah blessing that goes like this, "....Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh." It translates to, "...Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time."

Clearly, God is not finished performing miracles. I'm grateful that He revealed His hand in this way...and Kristen and James, I unabashedly thank God on your behalf. May He continue to bless you both -- and may your story infuse faith into the lives of people everywhere.

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