Today as I was doing my daily Bible reading and journaling, my verse of the day was Luke 22:42, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
All to often we pray to God and ask for things to be done the way we want them done. We don’t add that last part “not my will, but thine, be done.” God wants us to bring our desires to Him. He wants to hear from us. But we have to remember whatever is done needs to be for His glory, not ours. I am reminded of this as we are waiting to get to the Philippines. We pray daily for the borders to reopen. We pray that we are able to go and serve the Matigsalug people. But right now, God’s will is for us to be here still. He has a purpose we cannot see at this time. So, we will continue to pray about what God has laid on our hearts. But we will also pray that it all comes about in His timing, for His glory.
As COVID numbers are on the rise in the Philippines, restrictions have not been dropped. They have actually been tightened to the point that they are now limiting the total number of those who do qualify to enter the country to only 1500 per day. We continually monitor the restrictions and will be applying for a visa as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we have been able to attend several association meetings and update several of you in person on our status. We have also been able to visit several churches and present God’s call in our lives to them. We are also continuing our language lessons twice a week. Furthermore, we are now able to sing several hymns, count, ask several basic questions, and respond appropriately in Cebuano. We are so grateful to Annie for the time she spends helping us learn.
As always, we are very grateful to all of our prayer warriors and financial sponsors. We could not answer this call without you.
If you would like to help sponsor us to go to the Philippines, donations may be sent to:
100 Stinson Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Checks made payable to GBIM with Brantley Family in memo section.