Hello! This month we decided to do a video update...I hope you have a few minutes to check it out (some bloopers included).
We continue to push forward in this season of sowing seeds. We continue to share the Gospel message and pray for fertile and soft hearts for the message of Jesus to be received, but I have to be honest, being a sower is not what I expected...it is hard (Kyle may have a different perspective than me though). It can be discouraging going to the streets each week talking with individuals involved in prostitution and/or drugs and not seeing the fruit of the work. I have known for some time now that being a sower is what is needed from us in these ministries. And, I am comforted by the Holy Spirit when He reminds me that I only have to be faithful in sharing the message, be obedient to the work He has given us to do here, and He will do the rest. There is great peace in this, but we are human, and sometimes doubt and discouragement creeps in.
Lately, I keep asking myself "Is this enough?". Is it really enough for us to go to the streets each week and pray and share the Gospel? My head automatically answers "yes", but my flesh says I should be doing more. I ask "Is it enough?" to go to the refugee house a couple times a week to make jewelry with the women while others in our team work with their kids teaching preschool Sunday school lessons...again, my head says, "yes", but my flesh says otherwise. I ask how can this be enough when I continue to see the same men and women on the streets in prostitution each week and I know many of them have heard the Good News (because we share it with them each week), yet they'll run to a stopped car for their next client after they just asked for prayer. I ask how can it be enough when we go to the refugee houses where we can barely communicate with them because we don't know their tribal language. This is when I am thankful to understand my role in this work as a sower. I am, and all of the people who help us, are sowing seeds.
It's funny, how the enemy can try and steal the joy of the work of the Lord by doubting what your doing, and by questioning if you're doing enough. We do see salvations and prodigals returning to Jesus at church on Sundays and even in the girls youth prison I go to, and even with this the enemy is close with questions of doubt and wondering if I should be doing more. So many people have been so indoctrinated in this mentality that more is better...do more, be more, get more people in your church/ministries and sadly many people lose their original calling/vision from the Lord from all the extra work they put on themselves. It has been a tough thing for me to not put extra work on myself not ordained and guided by the Lord, the vision He has given us for the ministry here is dependent upon His leading and timing.
When I find myself asking these questions and feeling like it isn't enough I am so thankful for the many lessons that have come before this. Lessons on wearing the full armor of God, not rushing ahead of God but walking behind Him in things, and not trusting my emotions because they are misleading. For times like these, I need to remember this verse, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" Galatians 6:9.
Thanks for all the prayers, encouragement, and support!
Posted: October 7, 2018
Read About Our Missions Update
Hey guys! This month we have a video 'newsletter' update about Progress and Setbacks...please check it out! Thanks to you all for your prayers, support and encouragement! God bless!! Much love, The Fox Family
We thank you for your support, love, prayers, and encouragement. It continues to be a difficult, but growing season for us in Belém, Brazil. Each month that continues in the pandemic seems to bring a new lesson of patience. It has definitely been an intense ride navigating lockdowns, as well as the many new rules/mandates that have made ministry complicated. Our area of Belém just recently came out of its second lockdown this year.
What a year, right?!? This year has been a time of change, growth and adaptation for everyone around the world, and it is no different for us. The year 2020 has held monumental changes for our church, its ministries and our family. We certainly have been blessed by the Lord through our faithful supporting churches and individuals around the world that we are able to continue ministering and serving here in Belem, Brazil