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My little white car needed a lot of repairs and I was worried what would happen if it broke down. I do not make a lot of money, partly because I give away so many hours helping people who have little money. Private tutors can make a lot more money than I do, but my ministry is for people who many times have never heard about Jesus and some live in adverse circumstances. I was starting to think about the possibility that maybe it was time to end my ministry so I could make more money. To be honest, I was very discouraged. I asked people to pray for me regarding this issue. The past summer I kept wondering if my car would die and my ministry would be over.

Matt at church and Van 004Then on evening I received a message that a van had been found and I could pick it up the next day. I had thought it might be an old van and maybe I could drive it only on Sundays so it would last. I was SO SURPRISED!! A 2006 Chrysler Town and Country in good condition. It was a HUGE encouragement. In the Bible it says “delight yourselves in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart”. The key is to delight ourselves in Jesus. When we do that, our desires change to be what Jesus desires for us and others. I had prayed for new cars before but usually for ME and not thinking so much about how it could used for serving Jesus. For a long time a vehicle was something I took care of from my own ability. When I wasyounger, I wanted a sports car or an SUV. I never thought about getting a van let alone want one.

I think God does have a sense of humor. I am a single man with no children or family. What would I need a van for? I never wanted one before. Then about a year ago I began to think about how a van would be very useful in my ministry. I asked others to pray for me. Then one evening on September 25th I picked up my van from Jesus. I was stunned and could barely remember to say thank you.

If you are praying for something could I encourage you to pray for the Lord to help you to see what His desire for you is and pray for that? Try it and see what happens. Feel free to let me know in the comment section. First thing is to not pray from selfishness but to pray from a heart that wants to serve Jesus.

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In April 2009 my father died after a prolonged illness. He was 76 years old. I had spent a lot of time with him when he would go into the hospital off and on for about a year. I spent a lot of time with him the weekend he died and was in Hospice care. I was with him when he died and was very busy the week after with funeral preparations. The week after the funeral I prayed about what next because suddenly I had more free time. At my church we had a musical Hope Rising which Gina Boe the worship leader at our church had written. There is a song ‘life goes on’. That song was in my spirit as I drove to be with my father and as I sat with him while he died and the weeks after. It is mostly about how this life is not all there is, but there is an eternity with Jesus. It is also about how we need to live on.

Football party at Julie's 055ESL Ministry 001I prayed about what to do and felt led to stop by the apartment of a Vietnamese family I knew. I had taught the mother and her brother. I met their children. Soon after her daughter began to come to my classes at church. Her niece also began to come. This led to my Saturday afternoon reading class growing to 14 Vietnamese young people coming for help with their English and me being able to share the love of Jesus with them. I have had the privilege of praying with the daughter and the niece. I have also had the great privilege of helping the daughter in her preparations for college.

If we come to God in our difficult times for guidance, he can do wonderful things. Life does go on for those who leave us in death, but it also goes on for those of us who are here, and if we give the time we have here to Jesus, He will do wonderful things.

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