I eventually ended up in the living room with Geof as he was watching a pastor on the television. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the man was speaking good, Biblical truths. And it was challenging!
The guy was sharing about the story of Peter walking on the water. He shared “Peter gets so much negative attention for the fact that he took his eyes of Christ and ended up sinking into the water, but what about the fact that he actually stepped out onto the water during the storm?!” And my heart was reminded of the time that the story of Peter really took hold in my life. I remember thinking of how Peter was able to walk on the water – something NO OTHER HUMAN had ever accomplished – because he had the faith in Christ to at least STEP OUT OF THE BOAT!
The Lord has provided an incredible opportunity for us this year. Geof and I are partnering with Abaana to open up an additional drop-in center for street children in Kampala. This means that we can facilitate more street boys. We can share the love and hope of Christ with more boys. We can build more relationships with the boys. And hopefully more will trust us to take them off the streets!
We have been praying about additional outreaches for probably a year and I have been a bit paralyzed by fear and concerns. So much is required for a new center! One of the biggest concerns of mine has been the budget. Just to rent a space that we would like to have could cost up to $600 a month! We would need about $5,000 to get the place fixed up and stocked for programs, and then $2,000/month to keep the center running with appropriate supplies and staff members.
Then, of course, less than a month before we come to America to update our partners and supporters, a church says they have a basement space in their building that they would love to use for community outreach. And this church is located in one of the most perfect locations for street kid access! They want us to come and look at it to see if it would be good for street out reach. Are you kidding me?! Really?! And it ended up being the perfect space – just needs a little bit of work!
How often do we stop just short of being completely where God wants us? We journey towards a place where God desires to fill us with sweet milk and honey, then we settle just short? Ouch. In my Bible study it talks about how those tribes who settled just short of the Promised Land ended up struggling with the influence of pagan tribes, and they were weak when they were attacked because the brother tribes were on the other side of the river.
Man, I have felt convicted today, my friends. This morning I had a breakdown, allowing the enemy to try and stop me short of where the Lord desires me to be. I was allowing confusion and fear to come into my life where I would probably end up staying in the boat! May I not stay in the boat and fail to experience all that God has in store for us and the street boys. May I not choose to dwell in the land on the OTHER side of the river from where God promises us milk and honey. May I continue to fix my eyes on Christ, amidst the wind and the waves, and walk on the water towards my Savior and His pure and perfect will for our lives.