Happy New Year – thankful for the “now”
Isn’t it crazy to think back a yr. and look at where our lives were. I simply am a different person in so many ways. Some changes are great, some not so great, yet I am different. Because our lives always move at such a fast pace sometimes I forget that we live on this incredibly slow paced island with magnificent beauty all around us. That beauty is not only found in the ocean’s coastline and the outline of the Pacific jungle. The beauty is found in people’s hearts, in their appearances, in their talents, in their frienships, in their humor. The goodness of God is realised in so many ways. It’s so easy never to live in the moment but always be looking ahead. I’m thankful for the now, for this yr., for today.
Our little “now” house and car – what a blessing. Figured some of u might want to see where we live.
Below is our street – if you look closely you can see an outline of some mountains.
Major Issue/Please pray:
There is a man in our church who is being plagued by one of the local spirits called “Taotaomona”. I have been working with/discipling him for quite some time. This attack is very real and for 17 days now his body has been infected with some major pain and it feels like the twisting of the muscles. The doctors can’t find anything wrong, and my friend is being tormented. I have visited him the last couple days and he seems undecided if he wants to follow Chirst or rely on the wishes of the witchdoctor. (he has visited the witchdoctor 2 times regarding his condition and obeyed their commands) He is a new beliver in our church and very confused.
It’s tough because many of the Christians here think the taotaomona isn’t real (I emphatically disagree) while other Christians just tell my friend to have more faith. Regardless, he is undecided about who he pledges his allegiance to, is majorly confused, and his body is in excruciating pain.
It sounds simple enough, but this is major. If my friend is to continue to be tormented and eventually die this has major ramifications. Christians are already looked down on to some degree here and he is one of the few locals who has come to faith. (much of our church is made up of foreigners from the surrounding islands/non-locals) Traditional animism superceeds all religious belief, even the dominant Catholicism. If we cannot pray and see the forces of darkness pushed back, the church may send the message that we are incredibly weak and without power. Obviously, the Lord is ultimately in control but this is a pivotal situation and we desperately need a power/truth encounter in this man’s life. I love him. I love his family – his daughter has really clung to Charity and is in the youth group. Many on the island are talking about it and won’t go near my friend. Please pray for the Spirit of God to dispel all this darkness and give my friend the faith to trust Jesus as supreme.