Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV) 18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness [And] rivers in the desert.
This is one of the verses God has given us for this trip. It is the theme for the Senior Pastors and Wives retreat we are going to teach at. To me, this verse has so much meaning.
Not many continents, regions or countries in the world have seen the untold horrors that the East African countries of Uganda and Rwanda have seen in its history. From the ruthless dictatorship of Idi Amin to the Rwandan genocide 25 years ago, which claimed more than 800,000 lives they have experienced so much suffering. Couple that with the rampant disease and some of the worst poverty rates in the world there does not seem to be much hope.
You can see this hopelessness on the faces of people on the street. Children begging in the streets with one hand out stretched the other clinging to glue which they sniff to take away the pain of hunger and lack. There is hope but not in any government or UN program. The only hope lies in Jesus and the new life only He can give.
God wants to free those enslaved to their past and give them a hope that springs eternal. To help them to forget the past, past pains, hurts, disappointments and even failures. He wants to do a new work in the hearts and the lives of people not only in Africa but all over the world. In fact in each of our lives. It all begins and ends with a relationship with Jesus by asking Him to forgive your sins and come into your heart as Lord and Savior.
So armed with that message our team goes forward to share the good news. Your past does not doom you. There is hope for struggling marriages, for failed lives, and for those in bondage. Pray that we will be able to preach and teach with clarity. Pray for those coming to the pastors and Wives conference. They may be pastors but they are still faced with the everyday struggles of this life and the stress that ministry puts on a marriage. Pray for our medical clinics that we will be conducting in poverty stricken villages where children die of treatable diseases like malaria every day. Pray that we will be able to reach past language and cultural barriers with the love of Jesus. Pray for the team, for traveling mercies, health, safety and unity. We are all doing well and excited to see what God will accomplish in and through us. To God be the glory!
Pastor Gary I Kusunoki