Happy New Year everyone. It’s hard enough to believe we’re heading into a new year let alone a new decade. My hope and prayers are that we would all seek the Lord with our whole heart leaning not on our own understanding but acknowledging Him in all that we do knowing that He will direct our path.
December 2019 closed out in an incredibly unexpected way. God continues to show me His amazing sovereignty and incredible ability to run my life if I will just let him. Last month I had shared with you all some of the frustrations I was experiencing and the place of acceptance I had come to inside of it. I truly believe that acceptance is the key, accepting that God is sovereign, accepting that I don’t always get my way, accepting that I don’t know what’s best in my life or the lives of others.
As the title of this update reflects, acceptance is the key but surrender is the action that shows I’ve come to a place of acceptance. You see when I’m having trouble excepting things the Lord is doing in my life it’s because I am truly not surrendered to His all knowing all loving and capable will for my life. To steal a line from an old hymn I must
Trust And obey for there’s no better way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey
I truly believe the Lord has called me to missionary care however I have been struggling to recognize all of the aspects of that. Once I came into this place of recognizing my limited understanding of His desire and calling upon my life I have been much freer to do the ministry and the work the Lord had right in front of me, in closing
out 2019 I focused on doing my best to honor the Lord through serving and pouring into the missionaries in training here in our intern program at Saving Grace World Missions. It’s incredible how much freedom and joy I have found since then. The Lord has also seen fit since my coming to a place of acceptance to allow me to re-engage close to a dozen establish missionaries in the field giving me a reminder that what He originally had called me too was not out of the picture, just not fully understood
In closing I want to share that it has been a joy to partner with Jenn my wife, best friend and ministry partner over the last month. She has many incredible gifts one of which is the gift of hospitality which is right in line with the heart God is given me. Since moving to the Yorbalinda area we have had close to 25 people in our home for food and fellowship.
To share food and fellowship with friends and family has been such a joy but even more joyful has been to watch Jenn operate in the calling God has on her life to love Him and love others. Thank you all so much for your prayers, Love and support through 2019 and I’m excited to see what the Lord has for us all in 2020.
We are still in need of people who wish to partner with us financially. I am most appreciative of you who have already joined me in this area, and I’m grateful that I have reached 1/2 of my monthly support needs. If the Lord leads you to join us financially, you can do so by clicking here to become a financial partner or mailing your support check to
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All for His Glory,
Tim and Jenn Pappas