Into the Gift of the Nile

Into the Gift of the Nile

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The will of God — nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.
F. E. Marsh (also attributed to Bobby Richardson)

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Growing in Faith

One of my favorite passages from the Good Book:

 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

So, dear brothers and sisters,work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

- 2 Peter 1.

All for the Kingdom,

 

Randy, SM.

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Chosen for a Purpose

It’s Fall break at Nile Union Academy (NUA). The other SM’s and I spent 4 nights in Alexandria which was an amazing experience. We’re back at NUA and our plans to tour Cairo have been postponed until further notice. Alone, sitting in the coolness of the night with a slight breeze; the smell of burning trash fills the air. Nearly 3 months in Egypt and I still can’t believe that I am here amidst the social and political unrest. Things have definitely calmed down in Egypt but not all. Here at NUA, the Holy Spirit is constantly at work. From the administration, to staff, to students — what makes NUA unique is its unique message:

Nile Union Academy exists to promote God’s work in the lives of young people. Our mission is to attract, educate, and train young people to surrender their head, heart, and hands to the God of the universe.

I am reminded of a text from Exodus19 when the Lord revealed Himself at Sinai. God sanctioned a covenant with His people, saying,

You will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.

Similarly, in 1 Peter 2:9 —

For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.

As a student missionary, the work towards promoting God’s work in the lives of young people is a challenge but for a great cause — for the cause of Jesus Christ and for the cause of building the Kingdom of God . In the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero:

 We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders. We are prophets of a future not our own.

We are God’s special treasure; His very own possession chosen for a purpose. While the Holy Spirit is at work at NUA, so is the work towards building God’s Kingdom. A surrendered head, heart, and hand to the God of the universe is just a glimpse of what the Kingdom will be like that is “already among you” (Luke 17:21).

All for the Kingdom,

Randy, SM.

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The Work of Community Building Toward the Kingdom of God Continues

It helps now and then to step back and take the long view.

The Kingdom of God—the ultimate community—is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said. No prayers fully express our faith.

No confession brings perfection. No single act of healing brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the Church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about—

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders. We are prophets of a future not our own.

Amen.

Oscar Romero, Archbishop martyred at the altar, San Salvador, March 24, 1980.

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Prayer of an SM

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;

answer me, for I need your help.

Protect me, for I am devoted to you.

Save me, for I serve you and trust you.

You are my God.

Be merciful to me, O Lord,

for I am calling on you constantly.

Give me happiness, O Lord,

for I give myself to you.

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,

so full of unfailing love for all who ask for

your help.

Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;

hear my urgent cry.

I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,

and you will answer me.

~a prayer of David, Psalm 86

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A First For Everything

Sooooo…I showered in brown water for the first time. Because the shower curtain was blocking the light, it wasn’t until near the end of my shower that I finally looked down and noticed a strange a color slightly darker than the white tub. Haha!

#LifeOfAnSM

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in the Dominican Republic

My time in the Dominican Republic was truly a blessing. But more than that, it was a privilege doing ministry and working along side with Derrick Cruz, my brother in Christ. He is truly a man after God’s own heart and has a passion for service. I look forward to doing more ministry with this old guy haha! I was also privileged (more like lucky) to stay at the most beautiful house ever that belongs to thee most sweetest couple that one will ever meet, Maikel and Gisela. And I can’t forget the best house-maids ever! I thank them for their awesome service, patience, love and hospitality.

Nine days of doing ministry in DR. A lot of work still needs to be done there,  a job that requires willing hearts and the work of the Holy Spirit. From powerful messages of hope to endless visitations in the community, God is truly at work there! The Kingdom of God is now.

Beside being fattened lol, the Dominican Republic is a beautiful island with beautiful people despite the poverty and poor living conditions. Hospitable, they truly are. Loving, most definitely. Good food, thee bomb.com lol!

Let us Seek the Kingdom of God and live righteously. May we seek him, may we surrender to him, may we stand for him and with him and fight against oppression. Jesus is powerful, Jesus is God, Jesus is, was, and forever will be. Let love rule our hearts because God is Love! And may we seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.