A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverb 17:17)
Throughout the last year and a half our staff numbers have continued to decrease while complications and new requirements have increased. Yet it has all proved manageable as God reminds us that it is by His Spirit alone that we do not fail and the waves don’t overtake us.
We see many of God’s reasons for the way things have transpired, and we have many theories also, to which we may never have the answers until heaven. But God has consistently blessed us in one specific way. The staff that we have had over the last year and a half have been exceptional.
Then along came “The Nightmare Scenario” at the end of January and into February. First we lost water pressure… then water. Over a couple of days we discovered a couple of busted pipes and a failed pressure tank. The day after that was remedied came a rainstorm that produced winds that rank up with the top four worst windstorms that I have seen. Over the night numerous large tree branches broke off. One of them broke our main power line. But we still had our generator. The next day we discovered there was no phone service and power in Ensenada was also out. We would be last on the totem pole for service. Then by the end of that first day after the storm we discovered that the entire Mission was out of propane. We couldn’t cook or heat any of the houses throughout the night… which turned out to be the coldest of the whole year. We bundled the kids and ourselves way more than normal.
Ultimately we ended up getting everything restored. We discovered new ways to make time to get projects done. But most of all it proved the character of our staff. It was such a delight to be surrounded by brothers and sisters in Christ who were born to excel in adversity. The worse things got, the greater their sense of duty grew. They even handled my endless whining about how much I hate the cold with grace.
In the midst of this, Corinne was reading in her devotional “Streams in the Desert” on February 1st, “This is what the Lord says: …for this is my doing.” (I Kings 12:24). More than being surrounded by “brothers born for adversity”, it is even more encouraging to know that we have a Friend that sticks closer than any brother(Proverb 18:24) and He is in control.