Removing a Mountain… Making a RoadThe Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri are known for their rocks. I mean they make for some hard farming, some beautiful views, and some challenging road building. There’s this one stretch of highway from Branson, Missouri, to Springfield, Missouri, that they widened. As you slowed down through those construction zones, there were some pretty impressive changes that were taking place. Some places were nothing but solid-rock mountain, but somehow they managed to blast away at those mountains and literally make a road where a mountain used to be!
Now if human engineers can do that, don’t you think God can? In fact, God’s mountain-moving ability may be your only hope right now.
Let’s remember the miracle Jesus promised to us, as recorded in our word for today from the Word of God. In Mark 11:23, He says, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Obviously, it’s not the power of your word that removes mountains; it’s the power of God. The words immediately preceding these dramatic promises are these: “Have faith in God.”
But we have a God who does remove mountains that appear as if they could never be moved – in answer to the faith-believing prayers of His children. And this may be one of those times when the only way there’s going to be a road for you is if God blows away the mountain that stands in the way. But you can ask Him, you can trust Him to do just that, within the boundaries of His perfect will.
Our mountains don’t usually come in the form of huge rock formations. For you, what blocks in Deuteronomy 1: ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on’ and to go ‘as far as the great river.’
We moved to Saigon in 2008, and Steve started a training company here. Those were difficult days, but it was a period of having to trust God for everything, and so it was a time of growth for both of us. During that time, we attended Crossroads Church, which met in homes for the Sunday meetings. It was a time of adjustment for us being part of an international community, and it was also a time of learning from others who came from very different church backgrounds. We were so enriched in the process!
In 2010, the leadership team at the time asked us to assume the leadership of Crossroads Church. Within a few months, Pastor Nganh of the Thu Thiem Vietnamese church graciously invited Crossroads to meet in their church building, and we became Thu Thiem International Service.
For the past 5 years, we have experienced the abundant blessing of God in our lives as we have learnt to trust Him more and more. He has led us and guided us every step of the way. In the meantime, our family of 5 has increased. In addition to 3 sons, we now have 3 beautiful daughters-in-law (for whom Steve was praying when the boys were young) and 5 delightful grandchildren who are the ‘apple of our eye’.
And now it is time to move on. We are wanting to spend time with our children and grandchildren in Singapore for a few years before heading back to the fairest Cape. Steve will continue to work in Singapore. God has taken care of so many details in the preparation of this transition, and our hearts are filled with gratitude to Him. Whilst our leaving is tinged with sadness as we leave this wonderful community of believers representing over 20 nationalities, we know that He has good things in store for TTIS, and a new season ahead for us. We will be fellowshipping at Redemption Hill Church in Singapore and await God’s leading as to what we become involved in. As we spend more time with our family, we look forward to doing what Psalm 78 v 4 says, to ‘tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.’
Steve & jenny
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