Saturday, July 2, 2011

Perseverance

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Nathan and Edison at the airport in Dar Es Salaam. 


While looking over my journal entries of the trip to Tanzania this past February I saw one that caught my attention.

"Arrived in Dar Es Salaam.  Very hot and humid, like a summer day in Kentucky.  Went through customs with no problems.  Edison, the taxi driver, took us to the Lutheran Hostel for the night.  He is a pleasant, helpful, Christian man.  I was feeling extremely weak and thin.  Slept restlessly all night with a fever; this morning I woke up feeling like I have the flu.  Took some antibiotics and had chicken soup broth for breakfast."

"I am feeling faint, with no strength; my luggage feels too heavy.  I keep praying for healing and wondering, 'God, why am I going into Africa this way?  How am I going to be able to teach?  What are you trying to  teach me  -- to trust You, no matter what happens?'  My voice is terrible.  I can barely talk since my throat is extremely sore.  I keep thinking, 'How am I going to eat the food they give me in order to be polite?' My brain is not working.  I had intended to study more Kiswahili words on the flight over.  Right now I can barely remember the words I memorized before the trip.  'Lord, I hope You know what You're doing!'"

It is essential for us to trust God in every situation of our lives, especially when it doesn't make sense.  Sometimes we know what we should be doing, but feel we are unable because of our weaknesses or lack of wisdom.  At this point perseverance and determination are crucial elements of our faith.  It is acceptable to have doubts and questions - just don't quit!  Keep moving in the right direction.  Our God who is faithful will enable you to do more than you thought possible in these circumstances.

May the peace of Christ be with you.
Nathan Dunlap 



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The room at the Lutheran Hostel.


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Simple, yet adequate accommodations. 



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